News A Funny Thing Happened on Our Way to Last Week’s Story About KC’s Prosecution of a Teenage Prostitute
posted by March 26 at 18:26 PMon
When our news intern, Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, showed up at King County Juvenile Court last Tuesday morning for this story, Judge Carol A. Schapira stopped the proceedings mid-stream and spoke directly to him—warning him that he was not allowed to use the teenager’s name.
Judge Schapira was wrong. Public hearings are public hearings, and it’s startling that a KC judge, KC Judge Carol A. Schapira, would say such a thing—presumably trying to intimidate a reporter.
Certainly, naming people who have been arrested, particularly a teenager, is a dicey and sensitive issue. However, that decision is up to the newspaper.
We chose not to name the teen (and made that decision early on in our pursuit of the story). But Judge Schapira was out of line.