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  • No fair to the other contestants! It's easier to write "forceful and reasoned" editorials when you helped create the conflict in the first place.

    June 26, 2008 at 7:11 a.m.

  • South Texas Guy,

    Our ethics board agreed we should routinely publish the names, as we used to do. We've been so busy, though, we haven't worked out the logistics of the best way to do that. With so many questions surrounding this particular high-profile case, we thought it was best to get out all of the facts we have available to us. If you know of grand jurors being harassed because of the publicity from this case or any other in which they're names have been published, please let us know. As I stated in a previous post, we'll factor that into our decision.

    We'll always be biased in favor of getting public information into the newspaper. We'll need a compelling reason to do otherwise.

    Chris

    June 22, 2008 at 10:11 p.m.

  • Chris...no argument from me that it is public record.  In explaining the grand jury process, however, couldn't that have been done without naming members of the grand jury?  After all, the process is the same no matter who is on the grand jury, right?
    Regardless of whether or not it was public record....what purpose was served by naming the members?
    Also, why are you even discussing the possibility of routinely publishing names?  You have already done it once.  Why wouldn't you do it again and again and again?  Unless, of course.....it was a mistake in the first place. Too bad you had to pick this case...a case in which the Advocate is deeply involved....to start this practice.  Remember, the front page should not be used to advance the Advocate's obviously biased opinion and try to influence public opinion...save that for the Editorial page.



    June 22, 2008 at 9:18 p.m.

  • Sugar Magnolia,

    It was a gorgeous photo. I'll share your praise with Frank. Thanks.

    South Texas Guy,

    We don't have another article planned explaining the grand jury process. We're still discussing routinely publishing the names of grand jury members when they're seated. The information is, of course, public record.

    June 22, 2008 at 8:49 p.m.

  • Chris...when are the names of the grand jury members who indicted the city officials for a second time on the perjury charges going to be published on the front page of the paper?  Maybe you can win even more "community service" awards in 2008 for doing that.

    June 22, 2008 at 8:28 p.m.

  • Congratulations to you and your hard-working staff, Mr. Cobler. I would like to mention that a photo by Frank Tilley in the print edition a few days ago of downtown Victoria at dusk is one of the lovliest things I have ever seen. Haven't seen it online, though. I think that pic deserves some kind of award, perhaps at the next convention? Just beautiful.

    June 22, 2008 at 8:20 p.m.