Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Check out a wonderful article in the National Law Journal here by William R. Mitchelson Jr., a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida and Mark T. Calloway, a former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, who both now work at the law firm of Alston & Bird. This article provides defense counsel with some excellent advice on how to deal with prosecutors to avoid having a client disgraced and disadvantaged by being put through a "perp walk." The authors note the prosecution's use of this tactic in many white collar cases.
Perhaps showing the world the discretion afforded the government in making the decision to use a perp walk in arresting a client as opposed to just asking the accused to appear for the fingerprinting ritual, will at last expose this disgraceful tactic employed by the government.