ST. GEORGE, Utah, Sept. 13 â€” The prosecutionâ€™s star witness in the trial of the fundamentalist Mormon polygamist leader Warren S. Jeffs testified on Thursday that she was taught to either obey church leaders without question or face dire consequences. â€“The New York Times
In this lead, the journalist identifies the who (the witness), the what (testified), the where (in the trial of the fundamentalist Mormon polygamist leader), the when (Thursday), and to an extent the why (she was taught to obey church leaders). The lead is specific in the where, because that is one of the most important and interesting details, and also to an extent the why: itâ€™s always interesting and is also crucial to the case the beliefs of extreme religious sects. Whatâ€™s left general is the who. We know that the witness is a girl, but we donâ€™t know the witnessâ€™ name. Whatâ€™s important is that she is the prosecutionâ€™s star witnessâ€”we can wait to find out her name.