Yesterday, a local newspaper (I won't name them because I'm sure they would want the notoriety) decided to print the names, ages, employers/positions, and marital status of jurors in the trial of Liz Carroll who, along with her husband and their girlfriend decided to lock a child up in closet until he died (allegedly).
The trial for Liz ended this week so the local rag decided to print the names of the jurors. Why? How is knowing the names somehow in the public interest? Would you feel as though you we're more informed by knowing the names of jurors in a very public trial? Would you feel safe knowing that everyone in the world knew you were one of the people who locked up a potentially dangerous person with dangerous family members? Does this action make it more or less likely that quality people will live up to their civic duty and work jury duty?
Just because you have the freedom to print anything, doesn't mean that you should. With every freedom comes a responsibility. It occurs to me that this particular paper decided to print this information just because it could and yet those in the mainstream media have the stones to mock bloggers. Get real.