What would you assume on reading the following headline?explains:
That makes it sound like the punishment for this manslaughter was a $10 fine (the $10 was the amount the defendant offered his 15 year old mate to chase the victim), whereas the actual punishment was a two year Community Based Order with the maximum 500 hours of community work. (You can read the judgment to hear the Judge’s reasoning.)All of that from a five-word headline that says nothing about fines or manslaughter.
The Herald Sun has now changed the headline so there can no doubt what the story's about:
Thug walks free after callous bet led to student's deathIn any event, Jeremy opposes the incarceration of youthful offenders who are merely misguided and will likely be turned into "hardened criminals" by a stint in prison. Yep, prison turns good people into bad.
Update: Jeremy, true to form, refuses to admit he reads too much into the five-word headline.
Update II: Pure Poison reader WillB points out the obvious:
“Just $10 for a life” is an appropriate header for an article that describes how a bet for $10 cost a man his life.Lawyer Jeremy denies the obvious:
OH come on. You know as well as I do that that is not the most obvious way of that headline being read, particularly if someone just glances at it.Error admission isn't in Jeremy's repertoire.