Let’s you are a suspect in a crime and are arrested. The next day your name appears in the paper. You are later eliminated as a suspect. Shouldn’t the newspaper print that?
Should it even be legal to print arrest reports? Many papers have a “Police Blotter”-type column, but don’t print names (e.g. “Man arrested for DUI, charges pending.”).
There have been some cases where a woman accuses a man of rape and the guy is arrested, but it turns out she only wanted revenge. In most of these cases, the woman’s name isn’t published. Why not? SHE’S the one who committed a crime - false accusastion.
Even though a person arrested may not be guilty, there is a stigma attached to just being accused. Some people might say, “Well, how did they get themselves into a situation where this sort of thing could happen?”
I think arrest records should not be published until AFTER a person is convicted.