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“A motion filed by counsel must be supported by allegations of fact backed up with some credible basis to believe the allegations to be true,” Cleland wrote. “Otherwise the court and counsel can be engaged in chasing chimeras.”

Cleland has not ruled on defense motions to have some or all of the charges thrown out.

Cleland previously had said he would allow electronic communication, but not photographs or the recording or broadcasting of any verbatim account of the proceedings while court is in session.

The AP and other media groups sought clarification on Friday, particularly whether verbatim quotes would violate the rules. In response, Cleland rescinded permission for any electronic communications from inside the Centre County courtroom or a media annex when court is in session.

“It is readily apparent from the allegations in the media’s motion … that the standard I applied in my definition is confusing to reporters, unworkable, and, therefore, likely unenforceable,” the judge wrote.

The rules Cleland put in place are typical for Pennsylvania trials. He noted a state criminal procedure court rule that prohibits transmission of proceedings in session by phone, radio, TV, or “advanced communication technology.”

At least 250 reporters have registered to attend the trial.