Some prosecutors make a point of having white-collar defendants arrested very publicly, often notifying the press before hand. William R. Mitchelson Jr. & Mark T. Calloway, in How to Avoid Letting a 'Perp Walk' Turn Into a Parade, Nat'l L.J., March 21, 2006, describe the practice and its rationale and then offer tips for defense counsel.
Why the "perp walk"? Prosecutors hope to:
- send a message that no one is above the law;
- deter others;
- inform the public about law enforcement efforts;
- encourage witnesses to come forward;
- put pressure on the defendant.
- Know the local practice.
- Negotiate with prosecutor for voluntary surrender rather than arrest.
- Work with U.S. Marshals service to arrange a surrender as soon as the warrant is issued.
- Prepare the client.
Image: Joseph Basile, hiding his face with his coat, under arrest in connection with the seizure of $25 million worth of narcotics, Chief of Detectives William T. Whalen standing near him with some of the confiscated drugs. 02/1949. National Archives, http://www.archives.gov.