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UPDATE: Magistrate closes Mishawaka High School assault case

January 30, 2012|South Bend Tribune Report

SOUTH BEND — A magistrate's ruling Monday closed much of the trial of four Mishawaka High School students to the public, a similar decision that was made last week in the case of two others.

On Monday, Magistrate Harold E. Brueseke agreed with a prosecutor's motion to close certain parts of the case that alleges six different teens assaulted a male student in early 2010 at school.

St. Joseph County Deputy Prosecutor Elizabeth McGrath said the victim, now 17, has already suffered considerable embarrassment from the publicity surrounding the case.

Brueseke’s ruling, identical to his decision last week, bars the public from hearing testimony from the victim, the defendants, any witness who was a juvenile at the time of the incident and police testimony that includes statements taken from juveniles.

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