The Steubenville rape trial is set to start Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Two teenage football players will be charged in juvenile court of raping a 16 year-old girl in August of 2012. Although the alleged crime was horrendously broadcast and shared via Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, social media will be banned from the court room in order to “preserve order.” Anyone who wishes to broadcast information on a blog or even post a Tweet, will be ordered to exist the building before doing so.
According to the New York Times:
“The ban, imposed to help ensure order in the courtroom, may be the first time that social media have been absent from a case that for months has been played out in the electronic world.”
That means no iPads, no laptops and no phones. Some witnesses have already objected to being captured on video, so it isn't certain if a live stream will be available.
Stay tuned for updates.