In the civil lawsuit against Kobe Bryant for sexual assault, the judge admonished lawyers for engaging in "public relations litigation" - the use of pleadings to attract media attention and try cases in the court of public opinion. This article examines the legal ramifications of such practices and the doctrines of law that encourage some lawyers and litigants to use pleadings as a form of press release. These include the law of republication and the fair report and judicial privileges as well as the power of judges to gag trial participants. The article concludes that courts have adequate tools to control such practices, and lawyers and public relations professionals can responsibly use court documents to communicate with the public, so long as they do not abuse the judicial process.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||33|
|Journal||Communication Law and Policy|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2007|
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