Read the stories below and think about whether the names of the youth may be published. Consider why or why not. See the answers below.
- John, age 16: Arrested and charged with aggravated assault. He is awaiting trial.
- John, age 16: Found guilty of aggravated assault and sentenced as an adult
- Sam, age 15: Suspected of committing several violent robberies and still on the loose. Police are concerned she will commit more assaults and robberies if not found.
- Jasmine, age 12: Witnessed one of the robberies Sam alleged to have committed. A reporter interviews her and wants to put Jasmine’s name in the article as a witness.
- Jules, age 13: Jules’s “friend” finds out Jules was arrested for shoplifting and makes a social media post mentioning Jules’ arrest.
- Jules, age 21: Was arrested for shoplifting when they were 13. Writes a social media post about their experience with the justice system.
- No, John’s name should not be published, no exceptions at this point to justify the publication.
- John’s name can be published now that he has been sentenced as an adult. Publication is allowed when the court imposes an adult sentence.
- Might be published as Sam is a danger to the community. If publishing her name and photo will help locate her, publishing may be allowed for up to 5 days.
- The reporter is not allowed to publish Jasmine’s name as the YCJA also bans publishing the identity of young witnesses to crimes committed by other young people.
- The social media post may not identify Jules as someone arrested for a crime. Posting on social media counts as publication under the YCJA.
- Jules is over the age of 18 and not in custody when they write the post so they have the option of doing so.