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  •  Well, the source was identified as being (5+ / 0-)
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    "in law enforcement."  Here is the lead paragraph:

    James Holmes, the accused gunman in last Friday's midnight movie massacre in Colorado, mailed a notebook "full of details about how he was going to kill people" to a University of Colorado psychiatrist before the attack, and the parcel may have sat unopened in a mailroom for up to a week before its discovery Monday, a law enforcement source told FoxNews.com.
    So there is no question of mail tampering here. This is a case of somebody in the FBI leaking information about a defendant to the media, which is just as serious. More serious, in my opinion.

    Circumstances surely matter in a case like this. As much as I applaud the support for journalistic inviolability, even for journalists we don't like, whether the revelation itself was ethical in the first place ought to make a difference. If that does not make a difference, then Fox would be justified in stonewalling the investigation of the voicemail hacking scandal in the UI.

    It's hard to compare a case like this to one where a reporter is uncovering official wrongdoing that would otherwise go unpunished.  That's one of the key functions of journalism in our society, even when it involves acts which are technically illegal.

    In THIS case, we're talking about information about a suspect who has already been arrested and charged. The information leaked by law enforcement for its own purposes, which might well include swaying potential jurors.  That's very improper, an injustice toward the defendant.

    And since this is information that would no doubt have come out in the trial after the jury had been sequestered, this situation isn't about the right of the public to know, it's about an opportunity for a reporter to scoop other news organizations. That's not a matter of public interest at all.

    I've lost my faith in nihilism

    by grumpynerd on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 08:12:56 PM PDT

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    •  well, that's a good close reading (2+ / 0-)
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      but it doesn't say it was opened only by LEO upon discovery, or that it was removed after discovery, discovery by whom and then what? was my question...and sold or leaked to Fox news reporter then given to FBI...all that occurred to me to be another reading of it, knowing the specious parseing going on in all media.

      I guess I'd need to see a oathed chain of discovery testimony at this point,, but... even then...it's pretty dam convenient and coincidental.
        How does mail just  'sit'...that's a pretty rare coincidence. Somebody could have stolen it and gave it back..all kinds of possibilities, but whatevebdfhgfgr...sometimes a rare coincidence is just a rare coincidence.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:45:10 PM PDT

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