This just in: at 9:30 PEEE EMM on a Tuesday, most news has conveniently stopped for the day…but not today! The big deal in the courts right now, “the Johnathan Trial” as they call it, is declared a mistrial.
Excuse me? With that tight a publication ban? With all that evidence brought forth? With what may as well have been a confession through a taped recording of a phone conversation RIGHT before the murder? How can there be a mistrial?
How, you ask??? because, APPARENTLY, a kid who’s been in the court room for the whole trial has been BLOGGING about it. Yes. With names, details, etc….thus jeopardizing the identities of the youths involved, thus making the entire trial a big fat flop. Not that we can find the blog yet, but wowsers.
***UPDATE*** we found the blog. now, is it ethical to link to it??
[we ask because a certain Torontoist was fired from a certain entertainment channel for blogging about working there. this takes it to a whole new level, not sure if linking to the guilty blog constitutes being an accomplice? ]
Just today there was a great story by trial-writer-extraordinaire Christie Blatchford about how this trial, despite it’s severely tight publication ban, has been incredible in terms of the amount of evidence gathered and displayed to the jury. The jury went in to start deliberating yesterday, and Blatchford went on and on about how the little punks could actually get nailed for the horrendous crime that saw 12-year-old Jonathan’s small body found in his home basement’s crawl space with 71 cut, hack or stab wounds, including three fatal thrusts that severed a vital artery.
Not all blogging is good blogging necessarily…and publication bans stretch beyond the old print and broadcast media kids, remember that!