Opinion

Disclosing names a bad idea

What we have here is a case of a continuum of exquisite erosion of our civil liberties when a newspaper editor asks for names of those having been arrested for a crime and wants to publish those names prior to sentencing.

People are innocent until proven guilty, and people are proven guilty in court proceedings. Some arrests are reversed. If a newspaper publishes names of individuals arrested, there is an assumption of guilt. People here don't have the anonymity of, say, New York City; this is a very small, intimate Valley.

If names are published prior to sentencing, and if the public presumes guilt, and if the party is innocent and if the charges are dismissed, how many eons do you think it will take to reverse the damage caused to someone's reputation in this Valley?

We're not talking about criminals, we're talking about our families and neighbors. They'd be shunned. I'm stunned.


Shiela Hunter

Snoqualmie

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus

Read the latest Green Edition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Aug 20 edition online now. Browse the archives.