A judge is expected to rule by the end of the week whether to allow a forensic psychologist to testify about intoxication in the defense of Cory Batey, one of four former Vanderbilt University football players accused of rape.Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins denied other requests for a change of trial venue and sequestered jury during a hearing Monday.State fights to block access to Vanderbilt rape recordsAfter the hearing, attorney Worrick Robinson told a gaggle of reporters that evidence of intoxication will be critical, and probably in more than just Batey’s case.“I think it goes to the extent of, also, that because of alcohol there was more than just Mr. Batey that had made decisions that night that they probably would not normally make,” Robinson said.The Tennessean asked Robinson to whom he was referring.“I think that will come out in the evidence,” Robinson said. “I don’t think it’s a big secret that all the parties in that room were under the influence of alcohol to some extent. This case is a lot about alcohol consumption. That’s why I think having the expert testify about the effects of alcohol is critical, absolutely critical.”Police say former football player Brandon Vandenburg and a 21-year-old woman were drinking heavily the night of the alleged rape. In the dorm room, police say, Vandenburg, Batey and two others raped and sexually abused the woman while she was unconscious.Assistant District Attorney Roger Moore argued that intoxication is not a legally valid defense in many of the charges against Batey. He said the doctor’s testimony may be relevant later in the case, but not in front of a jury that can use common sense to determine the effects of intoxication.Watkins on Monday said he would decide whether to allow the evidence by the end of the week. He also denied requests to change the trial venue, pull a jury from another county and sequester the jurors.Study may change fight against campus sexual assaultsAlbert Perez Jr., an attorney for Vandenburg, brought a copy of The Tennessean’s Sunday edition — featuring a story about college sexual assault — to court to show intense media coverage he said tainted the jury pool.Watkins said he believed a fair jury could be found, and there was not enough time or money to coordinate those requests.The case has been pending for 18 months, and Vandenburg and Batey are set for trial Jan. 12. The joint trial was set to begin Nov. 3 but was delayed after Robinson suffered a shoulder injury while trimming yard foliage.In court Monday, his left arm was cradled in a sling under his suit jacket.Reach Stacey Barchenger at 615-726-8968 or on Twitter @sbarchenger.