June 01, 2015

Dealing with the Press in High-Profile Cases: How to Neutralize the 13th Juror

The author passes on tips gleaned from being in the midst of a highly publicized trial.

Ellen C. Brotman

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Last year was a year of firsts for me: the first time I lived on an Army post, the first time I needed a security clearance, and the first time I entered my appearance as defense counsel in a court-martial. It was also the first time my picture was on the front page of the New York Times, the first time I was quoted in dozens of news stories in papers all across the country, and the first time I was interviewed in front of television cameras on a daily basis. The surprising thing was how quickly this became my new normal. I woke up one morning, turned on the Today show, and saw myself walking down the court house steps in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, home of the 82nd Airborne Division. I quickly turned off the TV and got back to work.

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