Don’t shoot the mes­sen­ger

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - O.R.S.

We re­ceived some com­ments about a story we car­ried last week, about the guy who was caught, charged and con­victed of fraud, when he de­lib­er­ately made false de­posits at the lo­cal Sco­tia­bank branch. He would make af­ter hours de­posits to an ac­count and do it by put­ting empty en­velopes in the ATM. It seemed to be a quick way to get cash, but over­all a dumb idea. The gen­tle­man re­ceived pro­ba­tion time af­ter spend­ing 60 days in jail, and was or­dered to make resti­tu­tion. Two peo­ple called the of­fice, and ex­pressed their dis­plea­sure.

Last sum­mer, we ran an­other story from court docket, about a lo­cal who had been con­victed of il­le­gal drug pos­ses­sion, and he made some com­ments to our me­dia re­porter Pat Ko­lafa, that he didn’t think the re­sults of his charges would be pub­lished. Guess what? Both were dis­ap­pointed, and both showed poor judge­ment in call­ing in to our of­fice. The mere fact that there was a court ap­pear­ance means their be­hav­iour has run afoul of the laws of this land and it then be­comes in the pub­lic do­main. These peo­ple have cho­sen to live in this coun­try, and there­fore agreed to abide by laws passed by law­mak­ers, and en­forced by the ju­di­ciary. There are many coun­tries in this world where laws are dif­fer­ent and may be more to their lik­ing.

But both these in­di­vid­u­als ob­vi­ously don’t even ap­pre­ci­ate the right to ex­press their dis­plea­sure over hav­ing their names pub­lished for these crimes. Some coun­tries don’t al­low their cit­i­zens to speak out. Our read­ers are in­ter­ested in what hap­pens in court, and noth­ing will de­ter us from pub­lish­ing court news.

Just don’t shoot the mes­sen­ger.

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