Why The Steubenville Rape Trial Being Open Or Closed Barely Matters

This came up in at Friday’s hearing and it’s vital to understand in the debate about whether the trial should be open or closed.

It doesn’t matter.

That’s because either way, whatever the decision, under Ohio law a transcript WILL be available.

So, what is said in the courtroom will be available via the transcript and that seems to be that. I heard nobody argue this point. Everyone agreed.

For what it’s worth, I believe the trial will remain open. Defense attorney Madison pulled his motion in a move that clearly shocked everyone. There’s no motion for closing the trial. The alleged victim’s lawyer said that they might want to file but recognized they might not have standing. So, there’s no motion and nobody presented a strong legal argument for the idea of closing the trial.


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