12 January 2006

Great Moments in Journalism

I . . smell . . . PULITZER!

The trial of the accused murderer of St. Paul police Sgt. Gerald Vick was delayed for about an hour Thursday morning when defense attorneys moved for a mistrial, based on an erroneous news report posted by StarTribune.com Wednesday afternoon.

The report . . . stated that Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin had gone to Vick's widow, Connie, before jurors entered the courtroom, briefly talked to her and patted her on the shoulder. It was the prosecutor, Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner, who comforted Vick's widow. The online story was corrected when the error was discovered.

With all these judges and lawyers and juries (oh my!), who can keep it all straight?

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