New Voices/New Visions: Chad Nye
How much is too much? Two perspectives on Gentile v. State Bar of Nevada as applied in the federal trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols.
The 1991 case Gentile v. State Bar of Nevada was the first (and only) time the Supreme Court seriously addressed how much attorneys should be able to advocate for their clients in the press. The decision in Gentile came just 5 years before the federal bombing trials of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. To a large degree, the divided opinions of the Court were reflected in the defense press strategies of McVeigh's attorney, Stephen Jones, and Nichols's attorney, Michael Tigar. Each attorney took a different approach to the press that corresponded with the divided Supreme Court opinion. How these strategies played out had a significant impact on the results of each trial.
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