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April 2003 , Page 53 

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High-profile cases and the media

By Kathryn Keneally

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We are back in the era of the high-profile defendant, media-event arrests, the public perp walk of gentlepersons in business suits, prosecutor press conferences, and the issuance of press releases describing indictments in advance of contacts to defense counsel concerning their clients’ fates. This column is not intended to address the propriety of such conduct by the government, only to acknowledge its occurrence and its increase. Prevention is not an option. At issue is how best to address a client’s interests when faced with a possible media storm.

I recently participated in a panel program where speakers a wide range of views. Some counseled silence toward the media, leaving the case to be tried in the court. Others expressed the strong view to get out in front of and control the story. The answer, it seems, is to consider the needs of the particular case and client.

As a rule, counsel should have a consistent and credible approach that serves the client

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