Story on Sowers case sparks controversy

Comments in a story on Anna Sowers (widow of Zach Sowers) in the June issue of Exhibit A have been the subject of heated comments today on the Exhibit A Web site and several others.

{Background: Zach Sowers was robbed and beaten near Patterson Park in June 2007; he died in March after being in a coma for 10 months.}

The Exhibit A story, “Young widow’s anger reshapes her dream for the city,” includes comments from Margaret Burns, spokeswoman for Baltimore State’s Attorney Patricia Jessamy:

“The truth of the matter is, Zach’s injury was on one side of this face, and he looked like a sleeping baby when he arrived” at the hospital, Burns told Exhibit A. “The injuries were not consistent with this horrible pummeling—it appeared that when he fell down, he had collapsed after being hit. We know he was kicked, he fell and hit his head, he fell between two cars. He probably injured something in the fall or he had a pre-existing condition. There was no evidence of the vicious beating, no evidence of stomping.”

Burns added: “We had not wanted to go against this poor woman [Anna]. Everything she says to you is not 100 accurate. He is gone and the opportunity to have questions answered was ruined by not having an autopsy.”

The story got increased attention yesterday when a (Baltimore) Examiner blogger linked to the interview and summarized Margaret Burns’ comments. The visitors who have commented on the Exhibit A site have largely taken umbrage with Burns’ remarks.

Anna Sowers also responded to the story on her Web site yesterday, calling the statements “really troubling.”

JACKIE SAUTER, Web Editor

Now that would be a story.

So there’s an all-women law firm in Buffalo that’s playing up the double-X chromosome factor  in its advertisements. I blogged about it a couple of weeks back in a Monday round-up.

Ms. JD mentions the story in its Friday round-up today with this headline from The Buffalo News: All-Female Buffalo Law Firm Accentuates the Feminine in its Ads.

It may just be a case of Friday shpilkes, but I find this headline much funnier than I have any right or reason to.

CARYN TAMBER, Legal Affairs Writer