Sunday, March 10, 2013

Who did what to whom?

OK, syntax and crime-n-cops fans, who murdered whom?

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The first shock came when a leading Lebanese newspaper published a confidential list of 17 witnesses who may testify in the murder trial of a former prime minister — showing their names, passport pictures, dates of birth and where they work.

As the story gets around to pointing out, it's the former PM who was the direct object:

The newspaper’s actions seemed to underscore the lengths to which opponents of the tribunal will go to undermine its mandate: to investigate who was behind the powerful car bomb that killed the former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri, and 22 others in 2005.
If it seems odd that the trial of people suspected in Hariri's death is all of a sudden "Hariri's murder trial," it should:

During her 16th day on the stand Wednesday, 32-year-old Jodi Ann Arias calmly answered more than 100 questions submitted by the jurors in her murder trial.

After a day and a half of jury selection, the murder trial of Zao Burrell started Friday in Steuben Superior Court. Burrell, 25, is accused of fatally shooting 40-year-old Brent Donbroski after selling him methamphetamine in a mobile home east of Angola last June.

Prosecutors began presenting their case Tuesday in the murder trial of Sandra Layne, a grandmother who is charged with killing her grandson in her West Bloomfield home last May.

The murder trial of 18-year-old Casey Turner revolves largely around the statements of three witnesses, none of whom wanted to appear in court for fear of street retribution. Two of the witness, both friends of James Allen Jr., 18, who was killed with a single bullet to the chest during a gunbattle in 2010, have testified that Turner began the fight by shooting his semi-automatic pistol at Allen and a group of friends in East Oakland.

A jury is being selected in the murder trial of a Bradford man charged in the beating death of a construction company owner.

Even at the Times, the murder trial is generally "of" the accused:

The murder trial of Gu Kailai, the wife of the deposed Chinese political leader Bo Xilai, will begin next week in eastern Anhui Province, according to a person close to the case.

Diallo Jurors Begin Deliberating In Murder Trial of Four Officers

Four days of closing arguments ended yesterday in the trial of a mother and son charged in the murder of a wealthy Manhattan widow, with prosecutors arguing that while the defendants had successfully hidden the body, they left a map to the crime inside 14 spiral-bound notebooks.

Sometimes, the casual reader can be forgiven for wondering if the Times is obsessed with sounding like the Times at the expense of sounding sensible:

The tribunal has charged four Hezbollah members, although their whereabouts is unknown and the current plan is for them to be tried in absentia.


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Blogger The Ridger, FCD said...

Wow, that's pretty straight-forward English syntax for noun complements: try someone for murder = trial of someone for murder = someone's trial for murder.

The example I use is the allies' defeat of Germany in WWII != the allies defeat in WWII.

1:08 PM, March 10, 2013  

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