A soccer player allegedly kills a referee with a single punch, but The Tribune won't tell you who the player is?
We at The Tribune believe the public needs and deserves access to public information, which means we are not in the habit of holding back. But we were following our usual procedure this week when we decided to withhold the name of the 17-year-old accused of delivering a fatal blow to referee Ricardo Portillo's head two weeks ago. Our thinking is based on the belief that children make mistakes, sometimes serious ones, but they still may deserve to start adulthood without their criminal histories appearing in the newspaper.
Note that I said we followed procedure and not policy, and that is an important distinction. It becomes difficult to craft broad policies to fit every specific situation, so we prefer to have consistent procedures for reviewing circumstances in individual cases. In this case, the review of the case found that at this point the young man still deserves the possibility of moving into adulthood without a trail of Tribune stories following him. Our reporters have not uncovered a previous history of violent crimes, and it does not appear the act involved any long-held intent to harm.