Friday, August 11, 2023

Former Assistant District Attorney: "Trump’s newest lawyer John Lauro seems confused about what his job actually is"

 In an interesting, short, Op-Ed piece, Glenn Kirschner, a former assistant U.S. attorney for D.C., writes about John Lauro, Trumps newest attorney who has been making appearances on TV all over the place.  Kirschner argues that Lauro is "confused about his job" because he has taken the position that he is representing "the American people" by representing Trump.

You can read the article here.

One interesting question I have that is not mentioned in the article, though, is at what point do Lauro's comments to the press violate a rule like Model Rule 3.6?

The rule states that a "lawyer who is participating or has participated in the investigation or litigation of a matter shall not make an extrajudicial statement that the lawyer knows or reasonably should know will be disseminated by means of public communication and will have a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing an adjudicative proceeding in the matter."

Everyone knows that it is "standard procedure" for lawyers in high profile cases to talk to the press; but everyone also knows that the efforts here are to "try the case in the court of public opinion" (ie, to influence the jury pool with misleading arguments and facts or alternative facts that may or may not make it to the trial).

If that is the case, isn't the conduct likely to be materially prejudicial to the administration of justice?

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