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Monday, August 27, 2007

CrimProf Adam Gershowitz Discusses Problems of the Accused Having News Conferences

AgershowitzFrom  South Texas College of Law CrimProf Adam Gershowitz recently discussed the decision of a man who, during a news conference without legal counsel, gave a tearful apology for putting a 2-year-old girl in a clothes dryer, blaming his actions on anger-management issues.  CrimProf Gershowitz stated that the news conference an unwise move for accused, who did not have legal representation at the time and now will have trouble finding it.

"Ninety-nine percent of the time, it is a terrible idea for a criminal suspect to talk to the media without a lawyer," said CrimProf Gershowitz. "He should have kept his mouth shut and waited (until he had an attorney)."

Gershowitz said the admission of guilt was "the best thing he had going for him," but he might have undone that by saying he hoped the child wouldn't remember what happened. He added that the county does not have to provide someone with a public defender within the first two days following an arrest.

Gershowitz said he expects any attorney who takes the case to first request a change of venue due to the overwhelming publicity. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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