Professional Responsibility Keyed to Hazard
Gentile v. State Bar of Nevada
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Gentile (Defendant) represented a criminal defendant in a highly publicized trial. Trying to counteract negative publicity, Defendant held a press conference claiming that his client was innocent. He stated he would prove his client’s innocence by revealing that the detective involved in the case committed the crime himself. He made these statements after checking into the state ethics rules and concluding his remarks would not be in violation of them. Defendant’s client was acquitted. Even so, the Nevada State Bar (Plaintiff) successfully brought a disciplinary action that was upheld by the Nevada Supreme Court. The Supreme Court granted review
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