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September 29, 2007


"Shapiro describes how the selection of clients connects to the framing of the narrative (that is, you can pick which client to build a case around, and you can time the first press conference). It's the criminal justice stories the media is not covering at all that are the real concern."

This is unquestionably true; but at what point in taking this view are you more of an advocate of your own positions and desires than you are of the client's? I find this paradox especially troubling in the realm of criminal cases, where indeed there is a severe need for better and better informed coverage; but, as I have said before, rarely the real need for the defendant to be generating or actively participating in press coverage. Criminal defense should be about winning the case, not the ego and vanity of the lawyer and client; and the two are rarely one in the same.

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