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Steubenville: Attorney withdraws request to close trial

2:53 PM, Jan 25, 2013   |    comments
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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio -- An attorney for one of two Ohio high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl has withdrawn his motion to close the trial.

The move means there's currently no motion to close the trial, though the girl's attorney said he'd be willing to make a similar motion.

The attorney didn't explain why Friday during a hearing in Steubenville.

He previously raised concerns that an open trial could lead to potential witnesses on the defendant's behalf being intimidated.

Meanwhile, attorneys for The Associated Press and other media presented arguments supporting an open trial to ensure public confidence in the proceedings.

The judge said he'd consider their statements but wouldn't rule Friday.

The athletes are accused of attacking the West Virginia girl after an alcohol-fueled party in August.

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