Is the Family of a Defendant Entitled to Privacy?

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Robin Barton

When Jared Loughner was arrested after opening fire in a Tucson strip mall on Jan. 8, his life became an open book subject to the scrutiny of the media and the general public. In an effort to learn more about the man responsible for this tragedy, the media descended upon his parents. They kept silent for several days, but eventually issued a brief statement saying in part, "We ask the media to respect our privacy." Should the media . . .

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