Update: a different reporter is going to cover the trial.Be careful what you say to avoid giving the press something to talk about. Keep Jeff’s mother in your thoughts. We need to stick together through this ordeal.
Via Johanna C Strange: The most important thing to remember as we head into his trail: Jeff Norton changed lives for the better. We are all better people because we knew him and loved him and no one and nothing can take that from us.
This is not an easy post to write.
The media coverage of the trial itself began last night with an article published in the Tampa Bay Times written by Curtis Krueger, a staff writer. He is the Pinellas courts reporter for the paper. He took the sensationalistic spin on the story I was afraid the media would.
In my naivety, I was hoping a theatre reporter would cover the case and be considerate of the victims including the family and the witnesses who were dragged into this. Shame on you Mr Krueger for posting this before the trial starts. Jeff has family and loved ones who are hurting.
Upon checking on ways to respond to bad press:
The best way to respond to [sensationalistic press] is to rip off the Band-Aid and get it over with. Be honest and forthright and put out the correct information.
The correct information will be posted in the updates. If I were a Google hit-seeking blog making money from ads I would do what he did which was essentially tease the public to follow his updates. But I’m not. I am not going to confirm or deny Mr Krueger’s article until it comes out in court. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to happen?
I must say one thing. Steve Blanton was quoted in the article and never talked to Mr Krueger, nor would he. That “pre-trial interview with lawyers” was a deposition taken over the phone. I want to know what Mr Krueger is doing quoting potential witnesses. Isn’t that illegal or at least unethical? An e-mail to Mr Krueger regrading this matter was unanswered as of this time.
I will close with these thoughts
- Jeff was loved.
- Jeff Norton had a wonderful soul.
- Jeff touches the lives of those he knew to this day.
- He made mistakes along the path of life. It’s human nature.