Reporting defames victim of slashing

Reporting defames victim of slashing

There are 10 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 30, 2008, titled Reporting defames victim of slashing. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

How dare reporter Gus Sentementes end the tragic story of the slashing of Aysha D. Ring by telling the readers Ms.

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Montgomery Village, MD

#2 Nov 30, 2008
The did it to make the poor, innocent, alleged murdered who slit a person's throat for no reason, look like the victim in all of this. It's not his fault that he walked up behind this terrible "alcohol related incident" person and slit her throat.

Simpsonville, MD

#3 Nov 30, 2008
Jon Gelbunnie wrote:
What was the point in NOT mentioning it, Karen.
The point in NOT mentioning it? There was not point in mentioning it in the first place. It has no relevance whatsoever to the story, the writer and the editor were wrong to add it and then leave it in. It showed a lack of class and basic respect that you would hope to see in a professional publication like this. There is a reason people read newspapers like The Baltimore Sun as opposed to rags like The Enquirer; unfortunately, decisions like that make it harder to figure out what that reason is sometimes. This kind of Fox News journalistic decision making really makes me wonder. If we're going to go that route, let's have the rap sheet of all of the writers listed or linked to each of their columns - it's just as relevant.

Baltimore, MD

#4 Nov 30, 2008
I think the point was to show that Ms. Ring was not a troublemaker, only had one very minor offense against her.
It trying to figure out a motive for this horrible deed, I think this information is pertinent. Knowing that she was in trouble for an "alcohol-related offense" in no way makes me think less of her.

I do find it interesting that in much of the violence in the city, both the victim and aggressor have extensive criminal histories. But they rarely go into detail. I guess if the reader really wants to know, they can just look them up on the courts website, just like the reporters do.

Dundalk, MD

#5 Nov 30, 2008
Jon Gelbunnie wrote:
What was the point in NOT mentioning it, Karen.
i'm wit you....i bet she smoked underage at least one time, picked her nose...and i hear as a baby she used to go in her diapers its obvious she diserved this, right?
No Fan here

Baltimore, MD

#6 Nov 30, 2008
We must blame the victim.....that is what passes for news today

Oceanside, CA

#7 Nov 30, 2008
Just as equal rights is to be pursued, so must halting the ongoing epidemic of seemingly racially motivated hyper-violence now playing out across the country.

Westminster, MD

#8 Nov 30, 2008
it is the sun, defender of the illegal immigrant, the criminal, the drug addict, the bum.

Muskegon, MI

#9 Nov 30, 2008
Jon Gelbunnie wrote:
What was the point in NOT mentioning it, Karen.
I hope someday you are the victim of a violent crime and after that the newspaper prints every item of dirty laundry you and your family have ever experienced. After all, it's just facts and as a crime victim, you will deserve it.
Sad in BMORE

United States

#10 Dec 1, 2008
I think this is Horrible... that it was brought up.. i also think it it the Sun's and most other media outlets policy to disclose the criminal background of homicide victims. They do it for nearly every city homicide victim, and I often ask the same thing..."What did that have to do with anything?" As unfortunate and heartbreaking as the policy may be, I think they had to do it across the board so as not to be biased. The even more sad thing is that people are outraged that her "minor" run-in was disclosed..but use that same information to crucify and justify the deaths of other innocent victims in the state. May she rest in peace, and her attacker be punished to the full extent of the law. I will pray for her friends and family.
M Ring

Dresden, Germany

#11 Aug 3, 2009
I’m Aysha Ring’s father.

I’ll start by reiterating my family’s appreciation to the law enforcement organizations involved with successfully tracking down Aysha’s killer and also to the state attorneys office for their prosecutorial efforts. That said, this process is concluding with a dis-service to my daughter. Essentially, there is no justice for Aysha.

Aysha’s killer was evaluated by the Maryland Department of Health and Hygiene. The Perkins Hospital Center and a private mental health practice were asked to render an opinion of his mental state based on a forensic psychology assessment. It should be noted that the merits and validity of forensic psychology are constantly challenged throughout the legal, medical and science communities. As with anything involving a human factor, these opinions are influenced by the internal, social and political beliefs and by the effects of surrounding environmental factors upon the practitioners in this field. In this instance, the assessors either failed to recognize and refused to consider the natural human response of fight or flight by the defendant; or blatantly disregarded the facts of the case due to their inability to accept that not all violent crimes are committed due to a mental or chemical imbalance in offenders. When compared to known facts of the case, the assessment appears to have drawn on only those select pieces of information from the investigation which reflected credence to their collective finding.

My daughter was slaughtered. Aysha was killed in the most personal and violent manner known, by someone overwhelmed with evil and with no regard for human life. Her killer then made a conscious effort to flee the scene, dispose of the weapon and took actions by posing the ruse of mental incapacitation necessary for his own survival when he felt the law enforcement noose tighten. The defendant’s actions were no different than those of persons which international societies have labeled terrorists, war criminals or dictators.

These are not only the words of a grieving father, but come from a career counterterrorism professional who has dealt with the violent scum of the earth for the better part of my adult life. This was nothing more than a hate crime. Had the ethnic roles been reversed, the public and political outcry would have been overwhelming, assuring a vastly different judgment for the killer.

It nauseates me to know that the State of Maryland has established a precedent based on liberal ideologies; has a historical record of choosing the path of least resistance in similar cases and that its constituents continue to accept political correctness over factual issues.

Again - No Justice for Aysha.

For you Briggs; Non Inultus Premor

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