Since You Asked: There isn't time to cover all the crime

I was wondering how the staff at the Mail Tribune determines which criminal cases to write about. I see a lot of people listed in your paper. But I don't always read about the outcome of their cases. Do you write about every case? Just a select few? How does it work?

— Rose A., Rogue River

You're not alone wondering about this issue, Rose. The short story is we have far more criminals than we do reporters. So we have to be selective on which cases we dedicate staff to follow.

Also, if we wrote up each and every felony arrest listed in the Emergency Services section of the Mail Tribune, we'd fill the

whole newspaper with criminal stories.

In other words, we can't write reams about each and every perp who pops a Purple Parrot.

We do try to follow the course of cases that received a full write-up in the paper. Heavily covered stories that come to mind include the trial of embezzler Michael Frazier, convicted of racketeering; Little League coach Eric Sell, who pleaded guilty to a statutory rape charge; Anthony Fogleman, who was convicted of attempted homicide of a police officer outside Jacksonville; and Richard Lee Pruitt, convicted of second-degree manslaughter in the beating death of fellow transient Darin Lynn Drake.

Sometimes cases will stretch on for decades, Rose. We're currently following the re-sentencing of Billy Gilley, who was convicted of committing a triple homicide 25 years ago.

Send questions to "Since You Asked," Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by e-mail to

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