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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  • by Rob Location: NC on Nov 13, 2008 at 12:46 PM
    Since 9/11, we have been expected by everyone from the media to average citizens to bow and genuflect to our armed forces and our veterans as so-called "heroes". I, for one, absolutely refuse to do so. The persons in the military should be identified as anyone else. We cannot hold them to a higher standard because of their choosen profession. If so, why don't we hold short order cooks or unloaders at Walmart to the same standard?
  • by Ted Location: Greenville on Nov 11, 2008 at 07:54 AM
    Absolutely, the very nature of their jobs require that they are held to a higher standard. However the media should also point out that there are thousands of Service men and women and police officers doing an outstanding job who live unimpeachable lives. In my own career as a Correctional Officer we are also held to a higher standard than most, however due to recent hiring practices by the State our ranks are now over ran with less than desirable persons who constantly make the news. Correctional Officer arrested for: (Insert Crime Here). This breaks the hearts of thousands of dedicated professionals who never make the news but will receive all the criticism from the public. Once in a while it would be nice to see a story that would help balance out all the negative publicity received by my Dept.

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