Jay Cronley: In court and at the Tulsa World, it's business as usual
BY JAY CRONLEY World Staff Columnist
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
2/26/13 at 5:09 AM
Yesterday was a pretty busy news day, what with the resumption of live cross-examination in the Jodi Arias murder trial, and the sale of this newspaper to the Berkshire Hathaway Media Group.
Jodi Arias folded, spindled and mutilated her boyfriend about five years ago, stabbing him more than two dozen times and shooting him in the face.
Early in the investigation, she lied about what had happened, and then decided it had turned out to be self-defense, saying she had been roughed up by the boyfriend.
The cross-examination by Phoenix District Attorney Juan Martinez is in its third day and is the best television in the history of high-profile murder cases, making the O.J. Simpson trial look like a bad Perry Mason.
The Arias trial is also better than fictional courtroom cases as well, as the Phoenix DA and the confessed killer can't seem to stand the simple presence of one another.
It's a death-penalty case.
Martinez works without many notes and is in the defendant's face, gavel to adjournment.
If you ever break the law in Phoenix, you might consider running for a border, as this Martinez fellow doesn't take lightly to alleged rats.
What's in a name?: As regards the business of this newspaper, the greatest number of people touched by the sale will be the readers.
Readers have a say about what's in the paper, as readership surveys are matters of routine, but they don't have a say about who owns the newspaper.
Of some reader concern already is the policy of accepting anonymous responses to online material.
Printed responses to the editor must be signed and are checked for authenticity by an actual human.
Anonymous responses to online material are intended to stimulate a flow of consciousness that might have otherwise remained untapped.
The downside to nicknamed thoughts is that some turn ugly.
Certain veins of hatred are obvious through the fake names. Those who hate individuals almost always have a personal reason and have frequently failed at that particular career themselves.
A pretty solid group of nicknamed readers has developed here down through the years. Yesterday I heard from some of these nicknames who were wondering about any change in online policy.
The new owners say that for now it will be business as usual. So the Nickname of the Year game is still on.
Original Print Headline: It's business as usual in court, at the World