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Judge mulls age restriction in John Nash trial

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John Nash (Source: Madison PD) John Nash (Source: Madison PD)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A Madison County judge will decide by the end of the month if the trial against the Discovery Middle School band director will be open or closed to people under the age of 18.

John Nash is charged with failing to report child abuse. His son pleaded guilty to having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old student.

An attorney for the alleged victim said he wants the trial closed to everyone to protect his client and her dad who is expected to testify. The defense wants the hearing open to everyone, arguing Nash has the right to a public trial under the Sixth Amendment.

The district attorney's office offered up a possible solution allowing anyone 18 or older in the courtroom, but not allowing minors. At a previous hearing, dozens of minors showed up to watch the proceedings. The judge is taking the requests under advisement.

Nash was not in court Wednesday. His attorney said it was because he was dealing with a personal matter.

During the hearing, concerns came up regarding members of the media releasing the name of the victim. WAFF 48 News makes it a point to not release the identity of any alleged victim of a sex crime.

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