Judge Considers Closing Steubenville Rape Trial< < Back to
UPDATE 2:47 P.M. An attorney for one of two Ohio high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl has withdrawn his motion to close the trial.
An Ohio judge will hold a hearing Friday afternoon to decide if the trial of two Steubenville high school football players accused of rape should be closed.
The 16-year-old victim, her parents, one of the defendants and the state's attorney general are all pushing to close next month's trial to the public.
They argue the move would protect the accuser and to avoid possible witness intimidation.
The football players allegedly raped the girl at a party in August in Steubenville.
She is not a Steubenville High School student.