“Under our constitution, citizens have the right to be free from retroactive punishment,” the court said in its 5-2 decision.
This success fuels the challenge to similar requirements in other states, aiming to educate and influence courts by presenting factual data and legal arguments.
The article discusses the impact of electronic media and social alerts on journalism’s commitment to factual reporting. It cites Lenore Skenazy’s criticism of a Washington Post article regarding the safe recovery of abducted 9-year-old Charlotte Sena. Skenazy questions the Post’s irresponsible use of statistics implying a large number of missing children, as it exaggerates fears among readers while downplaying a positive outcome. She emphasizes that while much news consumption occurs through digital alerts, even trusted sources may not always ethically report information, with potential negative consequences for public perception.