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Year in review stories: Cops beat edition

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JayFarrar, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    In year-end stories about crime, in the number of homicides, should the number of ones ruled justified be included?
    So for, example: Podunkville saw 47 homicides in 2009, but two of those have been ruled justified by the district attorney.
    Or should it be something different?
  2. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    I know it sure as hell shouldn't be 'Podunkville saw'.

    They're still homicides, in the strict constructionist sense. But yeah, you should probably point that out. I'd phrase it as 'two of which have been ruled,' though. Saying 'but two of those' makes it seem as though they're not homicides at all.
  3. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    Well, most should be pretty easy to solve because there were a bunch of witnesses.
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