In the Court of Public Opinion: Winning Strategies for Litigation Communications

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American Bar Association, 2009 - Law - 319 pages
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Life is hard especially to survive through the night. The world is full of unjust cruelties and harsh realities. One amongst those insensitive realities is a stranger that lives solely by his own rules. His narrow-minded wisdom lacks conscience and he is strongly motivated to commit a crime. Driven only by his own selfish pleasures, he tries to capture his lost youth. With no respect for understanding personal suffering or legal punishment, his imagery is beyond any bounds despite his responsibilities that anchor his own family. And yet does he commit the perfect crime? If he violates a crime, should he not suffer punishment to pay the consequences of the victim's suffer, their family, or even the scales of the justice system?No, he will survive. Even if he convicts, he has solved the perfect crime despite what happens to him. He will win regardless, even if required to request an insanity plea. Willingly he would pay the price to survive and to win. All is clearly planned. Ironically, however, there may be a force to pay for a far more dangerous outcome. This man travels along an uneasy crossroad guided toward an unexpected path.What is the feeling of the victim and family? Everything in the father's life is successful while achieving career, family, or other values until this unforeseen random event that would burden his life. The stranger did this and changed everything. Admittedly, the victim has his own imperfections and flaws. He lives amongst lost fragments from a malevolent forgotten memory. The crime forces him to remember and relive a distasteful part of his own life. His memory and destiny must force-fit the selfsame missing pieces together regardless of how painful the penalty might be. He too has to alter his own life and his future. Everything will forever change these unexpected events because the stranger lives within the dark side of the tiger...
 

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Contents

Welcome to the Hotseat This Is Litigation PR
1
All Cases Are Public Why Communication Is Now Essential to Most Legal Disputes
27
The Rules of Media Procedure and How to Use Them
53
Stepping into HighProfile Litigation
79
The Litigation Media Checklist
115
Lawyers Clients and Public Relations Professionals How We Can Work Together
137
Building Your Message and the Credibility of Your Case
161
The Plaintiffs Perspective Ensuring Your Case Has Staying Power
181
Litigation Communications and Privilege
221
Navigating Cyberspace Social Media and Other InternetBased Technologies
241
Profiles in the Court of Public Opinion
259
Afterword
289
Endnotes
295
Index
301
About the Author
319
Copyright

When Your Case Comes to Court Managing the Media Frenzy at the Courthouse
199

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About the author (2009)

James Haggerty is an attorney and CEO of the PR Consulting Group in New York.

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