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WTRF Update: Defense Attorney Withdraws Motion to Close Steubenville Trial

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UPDATE 2:45 p.m.:

In an unexpected move today, defense attorney Walter Madison withdrew his motion to have the Steubenville rape trial proceedings closed. Madison is the attorney for one of the teens charged in the crime.

Multiple media outlets attended a court hearing on Friday to push for the trial to be open.

One media outlet cited the constitutional amendment dictating freedom of the press. Another said that open trial would provide "information that every parent needs to know."

A third outlet said open proceedings would "serve to quiet claims of a cover-up."

The Ohio Attorney General's office has called for closed proceedings.

Judge Thomas Lipps said he will make his decision on the motions next week.



The hearing on the motions in the Steubenville case begins at 1 p.m. WTRF has a crew at the hearing and will keep you updated with decisions as we receive them.




Hamilton County Judge Thomas Lipps will be presented Friday with all motions filed by attorneys involved in the Steubenville rape case.

Defense Attorney Walter Madison originally filed three motions: a change of venue, continuance and to close the trial to the public. Soon after, Defense Attorney Brian Duncan followed suit and filed a motion to have the trial delayed.

As of Wednesday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined in and filed a motion to have the trial closed to the public to protect the victim. The motion that residents are most interested in is whether the trial will be open or closed to the public.

"Open, because our society is already messed up enough as it is and I feel that if we all stick together then we can get out of it," says Josh Doty of Steubenville.

"Open. I just think it has brought a lot of attention to the area and people should be able to witness it. I think it's been handled incorrectly anyway so I think people should be allowed to go," says Heather Renzler of Wintersville.

"I think that closing the trial will reinforce the idea that people have something to hide and that it should really just remain open, at least to the media so we have an idea of what's going on in there," says Dennis Cassidy of Steubenville.

The majority of the residents agreed to have the trial open to the public. Most feel that they are already invested and want to see justice served.

Of the top 100 searches on WTRF's website in the last 30 days, 59 of those have been stories on or related to the Steubenville rape case.

Stay with 7News and for all the updates on the Steubenville rape case.