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"whose names are not released for legal reasons"

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PVish Thu 08-Oct-09 12:01:10

why cant they just say " their names are not being released because they are kids"

Or becuase they are related to the victim.


MadameDefarge Thu 08-Oct-09 12:05:03

Because either might give you a clue as to who they are.

PVish Thu 08-Oct-09 12:05:43

but "because they are under 18"

surely ok?

claw3 Thu 08-Oct-09 12:13:17

Could legal reason also mean they are awaiting trial, so not necessarily kids?

seeker Thu 08-Oct-09 12:15:51

Why does it matter? There are lots of reasons why names cannot be released, not just under 18. And under some circumstances the names of under 18s ARE released.

kidcreoleandthecoconuts Thu 08-Oct-09 12:16:03

'for legal reasons' covers a variety of situations so is easiest phrase to use maybe.
Or maybe it's just no one else's business???

gorionine Thu 08-Oct-09 12:16:04

I think claws is right, age might not be the only "legal reason" they cannot release the name.

claw3 Thu 08-Oct-09 12:18:34

I know prior to trial names are not released to stop mis-trials and unfair publicity. Also to stop witnesses being identified.

edam Thu 08-Oct-09 12:19:21

seeker's right, lots of reasons why names may not be released - and if the media did specify a reason, it might lead to their identity becoming known.

PVish Thu 08-Oct-09 12:26:43

its just an irksome cliche

Longtalljosie Thu 08-Oct-09 12:34:33

Firstly, it's short and concise - important when you have to get a lot of facts into a short period of time - court reporting is often complex and a lot of things have to be said to provide balance. Secondly, if they've been asked to provide total anonymity by the courts then they have to do just that, they can't start farting around with it by saying - we can't say who they are but they're children, or we can't say who they are because they're also up on another charge

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