Tuesday, March 1, 2005

the shorthair

the university of texas at arlington has a student newspaper, called the shorthorn. i suppose it's a spinoff of the one at the university of texas at austin, where the mascot is, of course, bevo.

in today's shorthair, below the fold on page 1, the ran a story, "student files suit against man."

the student, krystal buchanan, has filed suit in tarrant county district court against a man, whose identity is being withheld by the shorthair "because criminal charges have not been filed."

it's interesting that they'll release the name of the alleged victim in this case. in a criminal case it's the victim being protected, not the perpitrator. and in a criminal case, the name of the victim is sometimes shielded from public view by the court; in a civil case, that is never the case. the defendant's name is a matter of public record. i'd publish it if the docket were available online.

this seems a strange twist on the "protect the innocent" journalistic ideal, as finley peter dunne is misquoted as writing, to comfort the afflicted, and to afflict the comfortable.

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