Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Attempt to regulate attorney speech in Utah abandoned

Back in June, the Wall Street Journal reported that a proposal was being discussed in Utah to regulate what lawyers could say about the judicial system. The proposed amendment to the rules would have stated that "[a] lawyer shall not make a public statement that the lawyer knows to be false or with reckless disregard as to its truth or falsity concerning the judicial system . . ."

As you would expect, there was substantial opposition to the new rule and four days ago The Salt Lake Tribune reported (here) that the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, which made the proposal initially, decided to recommend against adopting the change.

Thanks to Christi Brock for the update.

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