* Where journalists become aware of impending public risk, we are beholden as citizens to warn authorities of what we have uncovered. But in the vast majority of circumstances, we serve the public interest by maintaining strict independence from police, the justice system and government institutions.
From the Canadian Association of Journalists’ Statement of Principles for Investigative Journalism (click here).
The Sunday News decided what was wrong with the justice system in Lancaster County and decided they would “correct” it. Apparently President Judge Joseph Madenspacher listened to these “experts” and made changes LNP requested.
The purpose of a news organization is to bring facts to the public for their discussion and decision making. It is not about going behind the scenes and forcing judges to make changes the public is not even aware of. This is an unbelievable abuse of their power and journalism ethics.
Unbelievable! There will be more tomorrow.
LNP SETS COURTROOM POLICY!
You doubt the power of the press? Check this out: Apparently reporter Jack Brubaker and Sunday News editor Marv Adams set policy in this county:
Stedman talked with Madenspacher about judge shopping several days after the Sunday News did. The president judge said that he and the other judges would consider establishing such a rule.
Early this month, Madenspacher said that the judges have agreed to require defendants who withdraw guilty pleas to return to the same judge if they change their minds.
From today’s article, “Shopping for a judge?” (click here).
Following discussions with Stedman and the Sunday News, Madenspacher said the judges agreed early this month to alter the way defense continuances are handled.
Defendants now must sign third and subsequent requests to continue cases.
From today’s article, ”Continuance after continuance after …” (click here).
The Lancaster Newspapers run this town. I’ve said it over and over again. This is scary.
Please check back later today.