Update 9 pm: at 2:58 today, I posted the headline of the 1:48 PM Nfld News story titled: Summa admits poaching petition, won’t face jury with an excerpt of the first three sentences and the blog post title “Summa admits guilt; criminal charges dropped.” (continued)
I’ve now changed the blog title to a question and removed the excerpt because at 5:48 pm today, the Northfield News published another version of the story (both versions are still available as of this writing) titled: Summa, prosecutors make deal. They included this correction at the top of the article:
CORRECTION – This story has been changed to clarify information regarding the stay of prosecution agreement between Victor Summa and Rice County.
While we discuss what actually happened, here’s the comparison between the text of the two versions.
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Summa admits poaching petition, won’t face jury
A former City Council candidate has admitted wrongly taking public documents from City Hall, the Rice County Attorney’s Office said Monday.
Prosecutors will drop a
criminal charge against Victor Michael Summa, 77, if he remains law abiding for the next 12 months, said Rice County Attorney Paul Beaumaster. In exchange Summa was required
guilt, Beaumaster said, but not to apologize as had been requested by the city until recently.
In September 2008, Summa filed a petition with the city and returned the next morning to remove pages from what had by then become a public document.
Despite City Clerk Deb Little’s objections, Summa left with six pages, which were altered and returned later that
Interfering with property in official custody is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine.
Summa did not immediately return a call seeking comment.