A word about pretrial publicity

Free speech and expression rule the day for all persons involved in any court, governmental, or regulatory body action, protest, or trial absent an articulated compelling reason to constrain free speech and/or a valid court order constraining speech.

Attorneys connected in any way with a pending case are constrained from making statements which will have a “substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing an adjudicative proceeding,” but otherwise are free to disseminate “information about events having legal consequences,” especially in light of the public’s “right to know about threats to its safety, especially where the subject matter of legal proceedings is of direct significance in debate and deliberation over questions of public policy.”

I trust the capedownwinder blog writings and postings do not prejudice the proceedings and do serve the public interest.

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