Murder sentence headline
Iraqi relatives decry life for U.S. rape soldier
MAHMUDIYA, Iraq (Reuters) – Relatives of a 14-year-old girl who was raped and killed along with her family by U.S. soldiers expressed outrage Friday that the ringleader received a life sentence in a U.S. court instead of execution.
Of course, the first sentence of the article makes the nature of the crime clear. If I were editor, I would have made the title: “Iraqis decry life for U.S. rape/murder soldier” which is even shorter than the original title:
Several readers made similar objections. They have a valid point. The murder element should have been in the headline: GBU Editor
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