Courting the Media: Public Relations for the Accused and the by Margaret Mackenzie

By Margaret Mackenzie

Media family will not be only for the wealthy and well-known. Mackenzie takes readers behind the curtain of high-profile circumstances during which males, ladies, or even young children have been thrust into the spotlight―many simply because they have been sufferers of unwarranted prosecution by means of the justice procedure and faulty depiction via the clicking. With media-savvy information from Mackenzie, those humans and their attorneys effectively challenged the prejudiced photos that police and prosecutors attempted to offer. during this publication, Mackenzie additionally weighs in on famous person instances, examining how they and their legal professionals used the media to their virtue, or how they did not do so.

Mackenzie is a consummate professional within the use of media family members within the court docket of legislation. Her conviction correct to call for a good portrayal through the click must never be reserved for the prosecution or the rich has propelled her occupation as she has fought for the falsely accused, the unjustly portrayed, and their families.

The media insurance of suspects or defendants by means of CNN, the nightly information, the New York Times, or the neighborhood paper impacts the courtroom of public opinion, even earlier than their trials, and is usually as very important as what occurs in entrance of a pass judgement on or jury. inner most and companies have lengthy used media experts. Prosecutors have public details officials to suggest their attorneys. To point the enjoying box, all attorneys have to be able to characterize their consumers earlier than the media in addition to the jury. not just can this be performed ethically, yet as Mackenzie exhibits during this e-book, given what defendants are up opposed to at the present time, it can be unethical to disregard the media while the opposite aspect is utilizing each attainable chance to improve their portrayal of the accused or the victim.

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In 2003, I again become embroiled in a media relations campaign to help a foster care mother regain custody of her own disabled child, who was unjustly removed from 18:25 P1: 000 GGBD038C03 C9125/Mackenzie October 10, 2006 her home because of criminal allegations against her son—allegations that were later dropped. In these two struggles, neither mother had any financial resources or experience with the media. Both were extremely reluctant to speak to reporters. Their initial refusal to respond fueled the public perception that they were ashamed and had something to hide.

When a government agency like Health and Human Resources becomes involved in a custody dispute, the private citizen who’s parenting skills and lifestyle come under scrutiny may well lose custody of her child. I worked on one of the most unusual custody matters in history in 1992 when a Florida judge granted a teenage boy’s request to “divorce” his mother. In 2003, I again become embroiled in a media relations campaign to help a foster care mother regain custody of her own disabled child, who was unjustly removed from 18:25 P1: 000 GGBD038C03 C9125/Mackenzie October 10, 2006 her home because of criminal allegations against her son—allegations that were later dropped.

By giving her the media spotlight, we gave her the reassurance that her feelings were just as important as Gregory’s. ”24 People Magazine covered the trial. I usually sat next to the writer, Meg Grant, and, when appropriate, pointed out the Russ family and referenced their Mormon motives. The day after the trial ended, with Judge Kirk terminating Kingsley’s parental rights and allowing the Russ family to adopt him, there was a telephone Accusations in Custody Disputes 31 18:25 P1: 000 GGBD038C03 C9125/Mackenzie October 10, 2006 call from Grant requesting a photo of Rachel with her other two children.

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