Don’t shoot the messenger
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.