Sunday, August 28, 2011

"Killer python's (sic) owners get 12 years"

25 August '11 page A3: "Killer python's (sic) owners get 12 years," misusing the apostrophe to make the snake "own" the owners.

By doing so, the print edition, however, felt fine rewriting the rules of grammar, logic, and metaphysics by inverting possession.

Online headline actually grammatically correct: "Reptile-loving couple sentenced to 12 years in prison in killer python case."

Will wonders never cease?

7:40 p.m. EDT, August 24, 2011

BUSHNELL — A reptile-loving couple convicted of manslaughter for failing to protect a toddler from their pet python was sentenced today to 12 years in prison, but their lawyers believe jurors in the case were influenced by the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial.

"I don't think after watching one Central Florida accused child-killer walk free…that they wanted that to happen to anyone else accused (in a child killing) whether they fully believed the case was proven to them beyond a reasonable doubt or not," said J. Rhiannon Arnold, defense lawyer for Charles "Jason" Darnell.],0,6052469.story

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