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Should a reporter reveal gruesome details that would normally be held within police records?


A local girl was found murdered less than 48 hours ago. A reporter released an article solely written about the report of a police officer to substantiate probable cause for searching the home of the suspect. Not only is this highly inappropriate timing, but should this gruesome information be published even before the suspect is arraigned? My concern is lawyers using this to get a mistrial! Is the reporter is then actually assisting the criminal and should he be made an accessory to the crime!! Where do we draw the line? When is information too much? How did he get this officer's report?

 

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Best Answer Catherine Tally (cat on a soapbox) says

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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    So true! To be honest, I LOVE the "Cops" reality shows, as well as others. However, like you said, there is an appropriate time and place for it and this is not it! Thanks for commenting!


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    IF this does compromise the case, that reporter will no longer have a following of readers in this area! It truly was a police officer's report accounting for the search warrant, the reporter should not have been privy to the information at all.


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    Debbie Carey (prektjr.dc) 3 years ago

    These details were gruesome factors describing absolute horrific details that NO mother should ever have to know and before the man was even arraigned. You are right, the family needs no reminders. Thanks for commenting!