Attorneys mull new venue in Steubenville teen sex case
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Attorneys for two high school football players facing rape accusations in eastern Ohio say they may try to have the case moved to protect possible witnesses.
Attorneys for the two 16-year-olds say potential witnesses have already been threatened and some are reluctant to come forward in court for fear of retaliation, including having their names and addresses published on the Internet.
Attorneys Brian Duncan and Walter Madison said Monday they’re considering whether to make the request this week to move next month’s trial.
Madison said the request would include moving the trial outside of Steubenville and also closing the proceedings.
A spokesman for Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says prosecutors will review all motions in the case.