• A lawyer evades house arrest.
• A cancer patient does not believe in God.
This article from the Philadelphia Inquirer discusses a Philadelphia defense attorney, D. Scott Perrine, who fled his house arrest after being charged on drug-related charges. Perrine, 31, was originally charged with having contraband and possessing a controlled substance, after he was caught bringing a vial of cocaine into Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility while visiting one of his clients on Oct. 24, 2007. He was placed under house arrest in December, and authorities say that he cut his electronic monitoring bracelet and fled on March 25.
He was found and arrested at a Hilton Garden Inn by the FBI and local police. Perrine faces a court hearing Thursday in Virginia for the arrest. Writer Kia Gregory also included that Perrine had been representing one of three suspects accused of attempted murder in May, after a shooting in North Philadelphia. After the shooting, a Fox 29 helicopter videotaped the suspects being beaten by police officers.
For the article, Gregory writes that Perrine was originally arrested for bringing the cocaine into the correctional facility in October 2007. She continues to write that he was placed under house arrest in December, and he fled after cutting his monitoring bracelet on March 25. What is not known is whether he was sentenced to house arrest in 2007 or 2008, and whether he fled in 2008 or this year. If he fled in 2008, why did it take so long for him to be captured? The year that he was sentenced and fled would be helpful for readers because it would structure a definitive time line; the readers would have been able to contextualize the story better.
In the beginning of the story, specifically in the second paragraph, Gregory says that the Arlington County Sheriff Department will be holding the hearing in order to determine whether Perrine will be extradited to Philadelphia, according to Maj. Susie Doyel. It’s possible readers would not see a reason for Perrine to remain in Virginia, unless he had committed a crime there while he was on the run. But, according to the information provided in the story, the crimes that Perrine committed all happened in Pennsylvania. If Virginia has some legitimate claim on him, then this information would be helpful to readers. If not, then this may leave readers confused by how this story is newsworthy.
I have never read any articles from Philly Weekly’s Steven Wells until now. Recently I was looking at some music write-ups and a few of his articles came up. I read them. I read his music reviews, his opinion pieces, and read about his gruesome struggle with cancer.
After reading his article on his cancer experience “Cell Out,” I pitied him, and I admired his sadly humorous approach to the rapidly spreading sickness. I pretty much wanted to laugh at his witty writing, but felt bad to do so.
However, I also noticed that most of his write-ups were extremely opinionated. As I was reading Well’s article “Not So Superstitious,” I started to get really uncomfortable. Does someone really have this much hatred toward religion? It seems that opinion fell off after the fourth line, and the article just became a downward spiral of a complete bash on religion. I wasn’t looking to read a hate letter, but somehow I stumbled upon one.
After reading the article I couldn’t help but stare at the screen of my computer in shock for a good ten minutes. My face became flushed, and I focused in on the words, “dumb-as-f**k defenders of selfishness and superstition.” There goes whatever respect I had for Wells as a writer. Yes — I was saddened by the fact that this was journalism. Good thing he has a pencil to express his anger and not a loaded gun. Or else we’d all be dead.
Man, Philly Weekly, not all of your audience is atheist.