It may not look as though anything is happening but, rest assured, our 35 Park Archons are working hard behind the scenes to secure the release of imprisoned journalist, ZeeZee Legy.
That is the message contained in a statement from the Office of the Archons and reiterated at a press conference late last night. Balthasar Alouatta, press secretary to the Archons, confirmed that negotiations are underway with those outside The Park who have been holding Legy in custody since July 21, 2011.
Legy, a reporter for The Insect Intelligencer’s gossipy Fly on the Wall feature, was apprehended in connection with the death of one Human. Five other reporters who work for the feature were arrested inside The Park after two of the reporters’ Human sources were hospitalized. They are scheduled to appear in court late in August.
At first, Legy claimed he was not working at the time of the incident but, instead, was visiting family while on vacation. But in a statement released last week, The Intelligencer’s editor-in-chief, Fannia di Volo, said there had been a misunderstanding and that Legy had, indeed, been on assignment outside The Park.
At the press conference, Alouatta confirmed that efforts to secure Legy’s release had stalled for a time, but they have resumed and the Archons are “cautiously optimistic” about the outcome. Also present at the press gathering was UWT Law Professor Fionnula Fox, an expert in Extra-Hortulanial law (law that applies outside The Park). She explained the Archons’ dilemma thus:
“It’s (Extra-Hortulanial law) a hard needle to thread,” she said. “We can only negotiate with those outside The Park; we have no real power or authority there. Basically, we have to rely on the goodwill of the people and try to convince them that there was no malicious intent. If we can convince them of that, then it follows that a repeat of the incident is unlikely.”
Alouatta said that the Archons are expecting a breakthrough “by the end of the weekend” and that Park citizens could keep up-to-date with the negotiations by checking the information board outside the Court House.