Pre-Trial Publicity

As criminal defense attorneys know, one of the great myths about media and the criminal justice system is that, while defense lawyers are running a round out there, preening for the cameras on the courthouse steps and trying their high-profile cases in the media, prosecutors and their teams stand stoically and silently by, "muzzled," as a Raleigh newspaper columnist wrote earlier this year, "by prosecutorial ethics." Of course, like so many other myths and legends, the reality is much different.

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