Anyone who goes to movies or watches TV knows all about how trials work, right?
In front of the bar, attorneys yell and object and then huddle at the judge's knee to complain about each other's tactics.In the gallery, reporters crawl over each other in a mad rush to get the news out of the courtroom and into ink or on the air.
Outside the courtroom, TV photographers wait to pounce on trial participants.
Third District Judge Michael R. Murphy has made it clear he doesn't want that kind of a scene in the trial for John Timothy Singer, Addam Swapp and Jonathan Swapp. The three are charged with murdering state Corrections Lt. Fred House Jan. 28 at the conclusion of a 13-day standoff that followed the bombing of the LDS stake house in Marion, Summit County.
A document signed by Murphy - and agreed to by the attorneys and the Society of Professional Journalists - outlines the restrictions and guidelines. Decorum will be the order of every day.
Murphy stressed that he wants the trial over several days before Christmas and has asked attorneys to limit sidebar conferences and hearings outside the presence of the jury.
Fifteen chairs in the 54-seat courtroom have been reserved for members of the media, who are required to wear press passes and be in their assigned seats five minutes before each session of the trial.
Other seats will be reserved for members of House's family and for members of the defendants' families.
Everyone who enters the courtroom must pass through a metal detector and be subject to possible hand searches.
Once the session begins, the press and the public will not be allowed to enter or exit the courtroom.
Spectators, press included, must remain seated in the courtroom until after the jury, judge and defendants have exited.
Only one photographer will be allowed in the courtroom. The "pool" photographer will be armed with two cameras, one with black-and-white film and the other with color film, and must provide photos to all media who desire them. No flash photography is permitted.
No loitering - or video cameras - will be allowed in the hallways or on the steps of the courthouse.
The media have also been ordered not to disclose the identity of any juror or potential juror, a restriction that is normally adhered to by the press.