STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The attorney for one of two Ohio high school football players charged with raping a 16-year-old girl says he's seeking to get the trial moved and close it to media and the public.
Attorney Walter Madison said Friday he has filed those motions and another seeking more time before the trial, which is scheduled next month in juvenile court in Steubenville (STOO'-behn-vihl) in far eastern Ohio. Madison says the case has gone "out of control" amid extensive online and media attention.
The case has gained international attention through the work of bloggers and hacker-activists who allege that other football players should be charged over the August incident but have been protected through a cover-up. The online hubbub recently has threatened to overshadow the criminal investigation.