From Green’s champagne sweater vest he wore on trial Day 1, to sorrow ebbing in the voices of
attorneys, Bright records every detail.
“Some of the attorneys were laughing about me,” Bright said after he learned involved attorneys, and even Green himself, were reading posts on his blog. “They were telling one another not to do anything (inappropriate) because I would put it in my blog.”
Therein lies the surprising and endearing rub with 18-year-old Bright in the mix, reporting from court every day.
In the middle of reporters from the Associated Press, Reuters and Time magazine is skinny, somewhat twitchy 18-year-old Bright, plugging away at journalism’s root functions with wit and thoroughness.
“I’ve learned a lot about how the journalism industry works,” Bright said.
The trial itself hasn’t made him a deer in headlights, although the day Iraqi witnesses testified sticks with him, and Bright said pictures of the victims’ bodies burned into his memory.
Bright is the talk of the local blogging and Twitter communities. Can’t say we were first to mention Evan, but glad everyone is giving him some well deserved credit.
Keep your eye out for a trailblazing young journalist out of Paducah, Kentucky. He has a bright future.
Evan Bright, a senior at Paducah Tilghman High School, is a credentialed journalist cover the federal trial of a former U.S. Army soldier accused of raping an Iraqi girl and killing her and her family.
Pfc. Steven Dale Green is the first ex-soldier to be charged as a civilian under a 2000 law that allows U.S. authorities to prosecute former members of the military for crimes overseas.
“I’ll be able to say in forty years ‘I was there'”, said Bright.
Bright’s more extensive blog coverage is surprisingly insightful and engaging.
..a picture of Qassim Hamza Rasheed dead, laying face down on the floor with brain matter scattered in.. multiple places around him… caused several visible and audible grimaces within the crowd, with Green looking down but eyeing the jury. After pictures of all bodies were shown, Green was seen rubbing his eyes/forehead.