Magazine article The Quill

Attorney Gets Front-Page Apology from Newspaper

Magazine article The Quill

Attorney Gets Front-Page Apology from Newspaper

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MEDIA MISTAKES

In mid-March, the South Florida Sun-- Sentinel ran a 400-word correction on its front page, more than a third the size of the original article. The correction included the story's editor apologizing in print to the story's subject - the county's top prosecutor.

The correction and apology occurred after the Sun-Sentinel backed down from a story that cast suspicion on local prosecutors by suggesting that they had pursued local murder cases tainted by bad evidence.

The story, which appeared on March 3, dealt with attempts by noted attorney Barry Scheck and Death Row lawyers to get an independent review of murder cases prosecuted over the past 20 years in Broward County. In that story, the Fort Lauderdale-based paper said it had discovered nine cases where "tainted evidence and confessions" resulted in people getting released from prison. …

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