Crime And The Corps

Should it be part of the story's lead when a criminal suspect is a Marine?

The year 2008 has brought us many stories of members of the military being accused of crimes.  Cesar Laurean is the Marine Cpl. accused of murdering his pregnant comrade.  Cpl. John Wimunc, also based at Camp Lejeune, is accused of killing his wife, an army nurse at Fort Bragg.

Now, Camp Lejeune Marine Iran Terrell is charged with the murder of his own son.  Jailyn McCoy was just two years old.

Is it important to the story that the accused is a member of the military? Many other murder suspects aren't identified by their line of work. 

Perhaps it's because society holds people like Marines and police officers to a higher standard. 

As story after story of Catholic priests accused of molesting children broke, the vocation of the suspects was a main part of the story.  So often, other people accused of sex crimes are not identified by their profession, unless they are in a position of power or trust.

Here's the question: should the media continue to hold certain professions to a higher standard, by identifying a suspect's line of work?

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