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Fatality Trial Forced to go Unreported
A Column by the Editor
web posted April 13, 2011
COLUMN – The Trial of Travis Leischner, of Trenton,
one of the drivers in the fatal crash that took the life of Kevin
"Bubba" Easler on October 6, 2007, got underway Tuesday afternoon. As
the Editor it is my duty to follow important trials and I planned to do
so on Tuesday. If I am unavailable another reporter is given that
assignment. But even the best laid plans can be destroyed by a lawyer,
just minutes before the trial is about to start.
Before I could take my seat in the courtroom I was informed that I was
sequestered as a witness in the trial with no time to call in another
reporter to take my place.
Other witnesses were served court orders to appear, I was not. I was
there to cover the trial as a reporter, not as a witness to a collision
I did not see occur.
The only thing I did was photograph the scene; which is standard
procedure at any fatality and other crashes. I was asked by law
enforcement to provide them with copies of my photos taken at the scene
and complied. I was doing my "good deed" as a responsible member of the
As a local judge tells me often, "No good deed goes unpunished". I see
how true that is now.
So rather than the general public be informed on a trial that has
probably the greatest local interest, I was denied to sit in on the
As such, I have nothing to report on the trial other than opening
statements were made, Leia Matson was called to the stand as was former
Sheriff's Deputy Zack Bush, who was the first officer to arrive on
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