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Thursday, April 13, 2006

NAMING JUVENILE OFFENDERS

Should juvenile offenders be named by the press after they are convicted? In a case that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, there is a raging debate going on. Some stations named the older (though under 18) boys convicted but not the younger ones. Some named no one.

Lisa Provence, writing in The Hook, Charlottesville's weekly paper, quotes me:

"Jeff Seglin, however, who writes an ethics column for the New York Times syndicate and teaches professional ethics at Emerson College, doesn't buy the 'public figure' debate as legitimate for outing the 15-year-old. And he questions whether anything is gained by publishing the two names, other than removing suspicion from someone else.

" 'Heinous crimes' might be a reason to publish, but this case doesn't sound like that, says Seglin. 'Why not tell the story and protect the kids and their families?'" Seglin observes.

Provence's full story with details of the case is at http://www.readthehook.com/stories/2006/04/13/newsnaming.aspx.

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