Hudson Tragedy Exposes Overzealous News Media!

Rarely do I venture into celebrity news drama but this story deserves comment.

Tragedy struck the family of American Idol Star Jennifer Hudson, of DreamGirls fame, when her mother Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson were found murdered Friday October 24th in their South Side Chicago home. Hudson’s nephew Julian King was reported missing and later found shot to death in a white SUV a few days after the initial killings. Because of Jennifer Hudson’s fame the stories immediately received national press coverage, and all the major cable networks have explored the savagery that claimed the lives of Hudson’s 3 family members.

Jennifer Hudson of American Idol Fame

As the story gained notoriety threw the 24 hour new cycles, a person of interest (Hudson’s former brother-in-law William Balfour who was involved with Hudson’s sister Julia) was presented to the public as the prime (and likely) suspect in the killings by the media. Balfour’s picture has now been posted on all subsequent news updates on the ongoing investigation, and the average viewer has been made to believe that William Balfour has somehow been found guilty of committing the murders.  However, Chicago police have repeatedly stated that Balfour is simply a person of interest, and that he is being held on a prior parole violation unrelated to the aforementioned crimes.  The Chicago Police have not presented any evidence that contradicts Balfour’s alibis that place him miles away from the Hudson residence the night of the murders, yet the news media has emphasized his role in the crimes.

The mug shot of W. Balfour now made famous by national media

The mug shot of W. Balfour now (unfortunately) made famous by national media

America is the land of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. With no evidence or witnesses placing Balfour at the scene of the crimes the case for him being labeled a murder is thin at best, and even the investigating officers admit that he is being held on an entirely separate matter. 21st Century Journalists are heavily invested in “one-upmanship” and “out scooping” one another, but news competition should not compromise the Constitutional Rights of a (potentially) innocent man.

If Balfour is eventually found guilty he should be prosecuted to the extent of the law and serve a prison sentence that coincides with the crime committed. His face should THEN be plastered on all media outlets and revealed as the man who murdered three innocent Americans. But only THEN. In our United States Mr. Balfour is owed the right of presumed innocence until that fateful time of THEN.

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~ by americalives on October 30, 2008.

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