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Media restrictions ordered for 12-year-old stabbing suspects court appearance


WAUKESHA, Wis. (WSAU) -- The two 12-year-old girls accused of stabbing their classmate will be in court Wednesday, but don’t expect to see their faces in the news. That’s because the judge hearing the case issued orders to the media Tuesday prohibiting them from taking video or still photographs of Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier above the neck.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael O. Bohren gave that order without a motion from the defense. The Wisconsin Newspaper Association and the Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association have filed a "Motion to Reconsider Order Governing Media Coverage" but Judge Bohren has not yet considered it, so the orders to photograph from the neck down will likely remain for the 1:15 p.m. hearing.

Judge Bohren has ordered the media to have one shared television camera feed and one still photographer, with no other electronic devices including cellphones in the courtroom during the hearing. Many media covering the hearing for social media will be in a nearby room where electronic devices are allowed.

Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier are both charged with attempted homicide, after police said they stabbed the 12-year-old classmate and victim 19 times. The victim was found lying on a sidewalk with wounds to her torso, legs, and arms. A sheriff's deputy found Geyser and Weier a few hours later along Interstate-94. A knife with a five-inch blade was found in Weier's backpack. The two alleged attackers have been charged as adults, and could each get up to 65 years in prison.