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Opinion

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 local media.

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 trial.

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 the scene.






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