Pediatrician's reputation has been ruined by press coverage whether he is guilty or not
The press coverage of the case of pediatrician (Howard Bruce) Weinblatt demands reform. Whatever the facts may be and whatever the district attorney and the courts may decide, Weinblatt’s reputation, his ability to earn a living, and his position in the community have been irreparably damaged.
First, Weinblatt may not have done what is alleged. Second, the alleged behavior may not be a crime. Nonetheless, how many will now trust their children to his care or invite him to their homes or vote for him should he seek public office? And, how many others who have been finally judged innocent have been similarly damaged?
Until a final verdict or dismissal is rendered, we would do well to follow the British tradition of limiting coverage of allegations of criminal activities to reporting court actions, alone.
Joel A. Levitt Ann Arbor