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Tiki Central Forums Bilge Has "person of interest" replaced "suspect"?
Has "person of interest" replaced "suspect"?
Turbogod
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Posted: 2005-03-18 04:38 am   Permalink

Just got finished reading the local news webites and they are all using "person of interest" instead of suspect. Is this a nationwide thing? Why was I not informed of this earlier? Is this the new hotness?
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JTD
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From: J'ville
Posted: 2005-03-18 06:44 am   Permalink

My hunch...somebobdy sued the bejeebies out of a law enforcement agency for using the s-word. Lost his job, lost his friends, can no longer sleep at night, etc.

Whaddaya think?


 
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Tiki_Bong
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Posted: 2005-03-18 09:16 am   Permalink

Is a person of interest later a person of conviction?

    
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johntiki
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Posted: 2005-03-18 11:42 am   Permalink

I think JTD hit it on the head...it's not the media that has coined the new terminology it's the police departments. Person of interest just doesn't have the nice harsh negative ring that suspect does...
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Turbogod
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Posted: 2005-03-18 12:31 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-03-18 09:16, Tiki_Bong wrote:
Is a person of interest later a person of conviction?


Seems to work out that way most of the time.


 
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tikivixen
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Posted: 2005-03-26 2:46 pm   Permalink

I'm waiting for them to replace "unsub" with something that doesn't sound quite so much like a sandwich.



 
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ZebraTiki
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Posted: 2005-03-26 3:26 pm   Permalink

Somehow the sentence, "Round up the usual people of interest" doesn't hold the same allure.

 
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stuff-o-rama
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Posted: 2005-03-27 9:54 pm   Permalink

What if the person is boring?

 
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Atomic Cocktail
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Posted: 2005-03-27 11:07 pm   Permalink


Note: "Suspect" is unword. Replace with "Person of Interest".

Double-plus good!


 
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Gigantalope
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Posted: 2005-03-28 6:28 pm   Permalink

It's a Fed thing.

The guy who was "a suspect" in the Atlanta Bombings was called that by the FBI "A Suspect" He filed a suit against them for using that phrase, which defamed his person as he ended up not being "Found Guilty"

As I understand it, it's mostly the Federal Govt who uses that term now.


 
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mahalomo
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Posted: 2005-03-31 5:44 pm   Permalink

Here's an article on this from a while back:
http://www.sptimes.com/2004/02/16/Worldandnation/_Person_of_interest__.shtml

I think "Dude" or "Chick" would be better (and less damaging in the long run) but that's just me.


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