This deadline narrative takes an interesting tack: Given sole access to the 15-year-old girl married to a man accused of raping her, Kenney writes her story from the girl’s point of view. So although a trial story, its main character isn’t the guy in the dock, or even the judge or a lawyer—it’s the “victim.” It’s an intelligent choice because this is a story about when a victim may not be a victim—even while the law continues to be the law.
One quibble: We did not find the defendant entirely sympathetic. This reaction made the limited point of view problematic for us. But the story was coupled, Kenney tells us, with a more straight-news piece about the trial, which may have mitigated the problem in print.
Read “Now Wait Begins for Teen Mother, Wife,” by Colleen Kenney