FREE PRESS -- The Sacramento Bee reports that a Woodland dentist abandoned his request yesterday to exclude the media from his trial on charges of sexual battery against female patients.
His lawyer, Michael Rothschild, said at Monday's hearing that a lawyer for The Bee, Charity Kenyon, had convinced him the request was "far too broad and not legally sustainable."
But Rothschild asked Judge Stephen Mock whether he might limit the number of reporters so jurors would not be tainted by news coverage.
Rothschild had submitted a stack of newspaper stories and television transcripts to show what he called the "onslaught" of media coverage since Anderson was arrested in September 2007.
The case, he said, had even made headlines in India.
"I get hate mail from Bombay," he told the judge.