Progress Editorial on Matthew Charge

Today’s Daily Progress editorial reviews the recent matter of the wrongful rape charge brought against Christopher Matthew, and closes with a muted swipe at some of Charlottesville’s junior media outlets:

Finally, it must be noted that some area media overplayed the arrest. (This newspaper endeavored not to do so.)

A serial rapist remains at large, and everyone wants to be told that he has been found and that our homes are safe again. But too quickly associating this arrest with that investigation imposed additional trauma on the innocent suspect.

For good reason, our justice system is founded on the principle of “innocent until proved guilty.” We’ve just seen an example of why.

With the Sheckler lawsuit against WVIR decided just two years ago, some local media outlets may not have learned the proper lessons that accompany jumping to conclusions.

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