Newspaper court reports leave wrongly accused unsatisfied

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2004

After reading your newspaper on March 22 of this year, it has come to my attention that the wording used in your court reports seems to be very biased. After my own experience being involved in the court system (over eight months) and later leading to a jury trial in which I was found not guilty, very misleading and derogatory terms were used to describe my situation.

After an extended report on the false charges related to me, I now read only that I was acquitted and nothing more. I feel that I have been painted as a criminal and even though I have been found not guilty by a jury of 12 individuals, your paper has made no noticeable mention of this. As an honest, law-abiding citizen of these United States, I am offended. Shouldn't your paper been reinforcing the rights that allow it to exist? Innocent until proven guilty.

Christopher Steik


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