Trial Publicity - When Do You Cross The Line?
Meeting of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
In this CLE-accredited semiar, Nancy Cohen discusses the ethics of trial publicity.
The adversary system assumes that cases will be tried on their merits and not be influenced by outside information. However, persons' First Amendment rights can, at times, collide with this notion. Thus, protecting the adjudicative process must be accomplished within the constitutional framework. Criminal trials raise additional concerns since tension exists between First Amendment rights to free speech and petition and a defendant's right to a fair trial as embodied in the Sixth Amendment.
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