“From being the most badly neglected water conditions in the country, Flint’s water will soon be the most investigated…While some focus on incompetence and insensitivity as causes of the crisis, other investigators will look for falsities.” – Kendall on the Flint Water Crisis Image via Linda Parton / Shutterstock.com
Attorneys in 2015 are tasked with not only defending their clients in front of a judge and jury, but the public as well. As media consultant Elliot Mintz puts it, “We are living in a time when a lawyer is frequently called upon to make his case before the media as well as the jury,” because “public opinion has a longer shelf life than a verdict.” Read more about the contemporary challenges many lawyers face, applying spin to the court of public opinion, and more here. .
“The impact on future jurors has been documented by studies confirming that negative publicity contributes to negative results.” Kendall Coffey on the Strauss-Kahn case.
“…what’s so important about this law is, it applies to torture wherever it takes place in the world if one is perpetrated by a U.S. citizen, which happened to be the case with this defendant, but also, if somebody else steps foot in the United States who has committed torture crimes in a foreign country, that person can also be prosecuted.” Kendall Coffey on the trial of Chuckie Taylor.
“You know so many times the interest of the public sort of drops off after the sentencing. This time, Rick, I think a lot of the victims are going to want to know where he’s staying now that he’s going from the “penthouse”– they want him to be going to the “big house.” Kendall Coffey on Bernie Madoff.