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Judge to reporters: No cell phones in Oakhill trial

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A Cuyahoga County judge has issued an eight page order, restricting how the media can cover the criminal trial of Youngstown Mayor John McNally, former Mahoning County Auditor Mike Sciortino, and Youngstown attorney Martin Yavorcik.

The three are scheduled to go on trial Monday for allegedly plotting to cover up alleged efforts to stop the move of some Mahoning County offices out of property leased from the Cafaro Company, and into what is now known as the Oakhill Renaissance Place.

In her order issued on Tuesday, Judge Janet Burnside notes that the case is of intense public interest which has been the focus of media coverage and she expresses concern that outside influences may potentially affect the fair trial process.

The order forbids live streaming or broadcast of the trial, and only allows one “pool” camera that must be shared among the various media outlets to record the proceedings.

The pool camera may only be turned on when court is in session.

Judge Burnside also points out that witnesses have the right object to being filmed, videotaped, recorded or photographed.

Members of the media are prohibited from possessing electronic devices while in court, including cell phones even if they are turned off. Violators will have the device confiscated for the duration of the trial.

Finally, Judge Burnside says that anyone violating terms of her order are subject to fines of up to $250 per violation, exclusion from the trial, and possible incarceration for the duration of the trial.

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