The show must (and will) go on.
The judge presiding over the rape case involving two Ohio high school football players has made the decision to keep the trial in the county where the alleged attack happened.
Judge Thomas Lipps on Wednesday sided with prosecutors who didn’t want the case moved out of Jefferson County in eastern Ohio. Despite pleas from the defense that keeping the trial in the same location as the alleged crime happened would create witness intimidation and a public lynching, the judge rejected the arguments.
The defense lawyers say that some potential witnesses have been threatened and that a county with a bigger courthouse would help protect such witnesses.
In addition, the judge ruled that the trial will be open to the public.
It is scheduled to start on March 13.
We’ll keep you updated about case developments.