Others have examined why prosecutors or law enforcement agents may be inclined to "leak" information regarding ongoing criminal investigations, documented the rules that govern federal prosecutors' interaction with the press in such circumstances, outlined the difficulties encountered in enforcing those rules, and critiqued the performance of Mr. Starr's office in this regard. In other words, the dynamic as it flows from governmental actors to the press has been scrutinized. I would like to suggest that a more searching examination be conducted of the press's role, and perhaps its responsibilities, in this context. Because I am neither a journalist nor a First Amendment scholar (and have committed to an article, not a book), I do not undertake exhaustively to cover this topic, or even to answer many of the questions I raise. I write in hopes that others will find the perspective of a criminal lawyer interesting in the ongoing debate regarding the place of the press in the Lewinsky affair and in high-profile or scandal-driven criminal investigations generally.
60 Md. L. Rev. 149-204 (2001)
Scholarly Commons Citation
O'Sullivan, Julie R., "The Bakaly Debacle: The Role of the Press in High-Profile Criminal Investigations" (2001). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. Paper 194.