So you're a journalist. It's a lazy Saturday night in Ottawa. It's humid, thunder storms hover over the region, and you're trying to get an article sent off for the Sunday edition of the Ottawa Citizen so you can head off to see Metric at Bluesfest.
A survey lands in your inbox saying the following:
-44% agree that people should not be convicted of crimes if their mental competency prevented them from knowing what they were doing or that it was wrong.
-37.9% disagree with the statement that people should not be convicted.
-18% neither agree nor disagree.
So, what headline do you come up with?
Probably not this:
"Survey Says: Do the Crime, Do the Time.
Four in 10 Canadians believe mental incompetence shouldn't prevent guilty verdicts"
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