In the old days (pre-Internet), it was easy for the good ol' boys to pull their deals with impunity. After all, the editor of the local paper was probably an old frat brother. And the DA, who's most likely a drinking buddy, was hardly going to rock the boat either. So word was not going to get out. Except slowly. By mimeographed pages. By word of mouth.
That's changed. They good ol' boys still pull their deals, but increasingly, they can no longer do so in secrecy.
Since I posted "Sham in Shawnee County" less than 24 hours ago, these are just a few of the places where readers have learned about what has happened to protective mother Claudine Dombrowski in the courts of Shawnee County, Kansas.
State of Kansas (US)
Lecompton (Hello Mr. Hoffman and staff! Glad you could join us.)
Elsewhere in the US
Rancho Cordova, California
Fort Launderdale, Florida
Ormond Beach, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Jamestown, New York
Outside the US
Buenos Aires, Argentina
So yes, the world is watching and learning.