The New Jersey Globe Chutzpah of the Week Award goes to the Asbury Park Press, which reverse-engineered stories from New Jersey 101.5 and New York Times story about a Superior Court Judge refusing to try an alleged 16-year-old rapist as an adult, only to have the ruling overturned by an appellate court.
The Asbury Park Press story ran two days after 101.5 and one day after the New York Times, but did not credit or mention the Times.
In the middle of their story, the APP ran a pitch for subscriptions: “We are committed to bringing you dependable, comprehensive coverage of breaking news in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Please subscribe to get the latest info on police investigations, traffic accidents, weather coverage, road closures and much more.”
The Monmouth County Prosecutor appealed Judge James Troiano’s ruling that the juvenile be tried as an adult because he came from a good family and had good grades and test scores. The appeal was argued on March 27 and decided on June 14.
The APP, which is part of the Gannett chain, did not cover any details of the sexually assault prior to the 101.5 and Times’ stories.
The 16-year-old was accused of raping a 16-year-old girl and sending a videotape of the assault to his friends.
The entire New Jersey press corps, including the Globe, missed the news story entirely until the Times covered it.
Correction: An earlier version of this story omitted the 101.5 story and focused on the New York Times, which tied together two separate but similar judicial rulings on reversals on Superior Court judicial rulings dealing with rape.