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. .
“If the defense had been able to go to trial without a body being discovered, hopes for reasonable doubt might have been compelling. If the body proves to be Caylee, then it immediately becomes an uphill case for the defense,” Kendall Coffey on the murder of Caylee Anthony.
“On the one hand, they obviously want to help legislators get a crook out of office, on the other hand, their responsibility is to try to get this guy behind bars, and that means they’re not likely to want to turn over their witnesses, their evidence, to a political process.” Kendall Coffey on the corruption scandal of Governor Blagojevich.
“Well, it’s very troubling and I think a lot of people are going to be more inclined toward conspiracy theory than coincidence theory. You’ve got two high-profile democrats being examined. One of the most distressing and frightening things, frankly, is the idea that confidential federal files can be accessed for snooping on political candidates.” Kendall Coffey on the breach of security at the State Department.
“…I wouldn’t call this case a major defeat for the prosecution. They fought and won an important legal point in establishing that you can use a search warrant in Florida to secure medical records…That’s an important precedent for prosecutors around the state.” Kendall Coffey on Rush Limbaugh drug charges.
“How do you take these extraordinary circumstances about an extraordinary person and turn it into an ordinary case about an ordinary defendant?” Kendall Coffey on astronaut Lisa Nowak murder charges.