Friday, January 27, 2006

Prejudicial Pretrial Publicity

[RESEARCH] When does pretrial publicity get in the way of a fair trial? How can it be assessed?

See Rich Curtner & Melissa Kassier, "Not in Our Town": Pretrial Publicity, Presumed Prejudice, and Change of Venue in Alaska: Public Opinion Surveys as a Tool to Measure the Impact of Prejudicial Pretrial Publicity, 22 Alaska L. Rev. 255 (2005). Curtner is the Federal Public Defender for the District of Alaska; Kassier is a 3L at Case Western. The article discusses the law generally, focusing on two cases where the public defender used public opinion polls to show the impact of news coverage before the trials.

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