Leaks in Michael Jackson case a disturbing trend in reporting news

July 25, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Four days after Michael Jackson’s death, specific details about the state of the corpse, such as needle marks, emaciation, and nose reconstruction from the unreleased autopsy report were “leaked” by the British tabloid The Sun.  At the time the L. A. County Coroner’s Office  denied that there was a “leak” in the Coroner’s Office and that the autopsy details reported were not accurate. But now the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is looking into whether county coroner’s office employees may have illegally leaked or sold private information from the Jackson death investigation. It appears in this case the County Coroner’s Office actually called the sheriff’s department to investigate after reports that coroner’s employees not involved in the Jackson death probe had viewed his death certificate in the office database.  So good for them.

Truthfully though there have been so many details leaked daily in the Michael Jackson death from unnamed sources, that one wonders if media sources are just a) making things up b) officials are intentionally leaking details for some purpose (unlikely) c) the unnamed sources are not directly attached to the investigation and just speculating d) investigators and others involved in the case are lining their pockets.

I sure hope it’s not d) but I find it very disturbing how many times in these high profile cases that important details are leaked that the police do not officially acknowledge. Lately there have been many reports of the Jackson case being a homicide investigation, with details of where drugs have been found, who is the main suspect, what warrants have been issued, … ad nauseam. Taking a side leap here, the tabloids have been paying for gossip tips for years and they sometimes come from sources that in so doing are breaking the law as employees of hospitals and other trusted sources for confidentiality. With the recent high profile deaths of celebrities such as Jackson, Heath Ledger, and David Carradine, the tabloids and sites like TMZ have crossed over to serious criminal investigation reporting heightening the competition for scoops. Whether law enforcement officials are getting paid off or not I think bears serious investigation. But I just hope the fact that the reporting of the direction a case is taking, who might be a suspect, and what evidence has been uncovered well before a case is closed, doesn’t lead to someone escaping justice on a legal technicality.


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    Michael Jackson was a musical genius. RIP.

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