Class Notes

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Today, we’re talking about the press releases that we read.

Most crimes happen to regular people who are average citizens. There’s nothing in their lives that puts them in the position that they end up in. The lady in the fetus story was simply responding to a craigslist ad.

There’s a major ripple effect in stories like this – affects not only victim but victim’s family and friends/others involved.

Many victims give a victim account of what happened to them in court.

Looked at fire story from Wapello County – was a cold case from 2006 that got solved. Watched a TV news clip of it.

2 guys who were charged were 17 and 18 at the time of the fire. It’s sad, because the families have to go through it all again 10 years later. It’s unfortunate.

Lucky that the same neighbor still lived next to the house – could get a testimony from him.

“It was a cold case. Not a forgotten case.”

Difference with press release is that it’s not personal – simply facts.

dissected a press release – how to write them

Very specific details; address;

you should never let the reader wonder what’s going on/where it is – important to know where things happen

a lot of info was from the police report – they interviewed people and asked about the details

used the time of the call to the dispatch office to determine what time the fire occurred

“A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.” – on DPS website

Don’t want to give all information out – just enough. Don’t want to jeopardize the investigation.

Also looked at Jessica Lee press release –

Transport bodies all the time

Meth was snuck in through body cavity. She died from that. Placed a phone call that said “I’m dying” about 3 hours before she died.

Looked on Trial Court Cases & Iowa Sex Offender website. Creepy.




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