Lawyer Ethics and the Expanding Role of the Media in Criminal Cases


This article explores the expanding role of the media in criminal cases and the ethical issues prosecutors and defense counsel face as a consequence. We begin with a review of the policy debate concerning public comment by lawyers. Next, we examine instances in which the media interviews a defendant or gains access to defense strategies or the jury room. Finally, we look at media campaigns waged by defendants where the lawyer's speech is regulated but the client's is not.


Media, Criminal Trials

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Professional Lawyer

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17 (2) The Professional Lawyer 1 (2006)

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