Ethics and Criminal Practice

When Lawyers and Judges Criticize Jury Verdicts

, New York Law Journal


Ethics and Criminal Practice columnist Joel Cohen writes: It's completely fair game for commentators to criticize a jury verdict—after all, why shouldn't journalists write that O.J.'s acquittal was out of line, or that Rubin "Hurricane" Carter's conviction was unjust? But do the same rules apply when the prosecutor, defense attorney or even the judge chooses to lash out publicly against a jury verdict, even if the disagreement is in good faith?

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