Charges Dropped Against Farragut Educator

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Longtime readers will remember the case of Farragut HS educator Jason Siegellak, who was accused of DUI (Administrator Stopped For DUI?) way back in summer 2008. 

At the time there was a lot of discussion about whether the arrest should have been publicized (by Wilmette Life, by me) among other things.

Well the story has resolved itself happily.  Siegellak has been exonerated according to a judgement sent to me, and the resolution printed in Wilmette Life edition of Pioneer Press (download here or read another blog post about it here

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  • so does this poor teacher who had to pay for his defense, now continue to suffer because of the press' rush to judgement?

  • Probably. In the Internet age, nothing ever goes away.

  • true, but Alexander should have held off on this one. Will it be a lesson?

  • No lesson learned. This is how Alexander makes a living. He put the school name in this headline so now when "Faragut" gets googled for whatever reason, the headline also comes up to get hits, for which Alexander is paid. The teacher was very gracious about his experience in the other, more discreet blog.

  • To District299Reader: It doesn't come up. It would have to have the word "teacher" or "parent" with it to appear on the first Google page. The Willmette Life article is gone but he came off as a nice guy on the other blog. Good for him.

  • these were public charges and they were reported in a newspaper before i ever got to them. if you've got a problem with that, talk to your newspaper or your lawmakers. far as i know, everyone who's arrested's name is public, and papers can report or not on what's in a police blotter or arrest record.

  • Relax, Alexander. You've made worse choices on what you can legally publish on this blog. And thank you for letting us know (FIVE months later) that the poor guy was innocent. You've used more blog space explaining your rights than what kind of person he is or what he went through. The other blog is more generous in that regard so thanks for the link.

  • Folks forget that these are core elements of a democracy: "...far as i know, everyone who's arrested's name is public, and papers can report or not on what's in a police blotter or arrest record."

  • Yes, they are elements of democracy --but another element is innocent until proven guilty. The press should respet and support this.

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