Will the Warren Jeffs trial get Casey Anthony-level attention?
Afternoon, ya'll. (sorry, correction, y'all. Forgive me, please!) Can you tell I'm in Texas? (Y'all is a great word/phrase, by the way. It's just practical and useful. Other languages have a plural pronoun built in, like vosotros or ustedes in Spanish. You really can't get away with saying y'all much outside of Texas, though. And my spell check keeps changing it to yawl.)Blogging might be light the next few days as I deal with some technical issues. But I should be fairly active on twitter, @lwhitehurst, when I can. No phones in the courtroom, but hopefully I should be able to do some updates during breaks. Keep and eye on the newspaper's website, sltrib.com, for updates as well. If you haven't already seen them, here are the links to the two stories I did ahead of the trial: Straight trial previewPossible reaction of FLDS people
I've also been ruminating on how much coverage this trial will get around the country. Time magazine called the Casey Anthony trial "the social-media trial of the century." Will the Jeffs trial get that kind of attention? In some ways, I would argue this case is a bigger deal than Anthony, in the grand scheme of things, but there won't be any cameras in the courtroom in the Jeffs case (In Session's request for cameras was denied)
And they're very different kinds of cases, of course. I think the allegations against Anthony were distrubing in part because she could be someone you know, a neighbor or friend from high school. Warren Jeffs, probably not so much.
I guess we'll find out tomorrow. I'll be there early.
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