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  • Громче скажешь — раньше выйдешь? Этические и тактические основания использования публичности как тактики судебной защиты в России

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Громче скажешь — раньше выйдешь? Этические и тактические основания использования публичности как тактики судебной защиты в России

Russian mass media often cover court cases, certain circumstances of which may be of public importance. In several cases, such attention arises for a reason as a part of the tactics of one of the litigants. In this article, based on the materials of expert interviews with criminal defense lawyers and court journalists, we consider publicity as a tactic of defense in the trial. It is shown that the motives and possibilities of attracting the attention of the public through the media can differ significantly depending on the circumstances of the case, and the goals of the client, the lawyer, and the journalist do not coincide in all cases. In a situation of mismatching goals, the professionalism and ethical values ​​of the participants in the process are most clearly manifested. Due to the high heterogeneity of both the legal and journalistic communities, we can observe both professional and selfish motives for increasing the level of publicity of the trial. Besides the status of tactics to attract media attention in the legal community remains controversial due to the uncertain level of its effectiveness and unpredictable consequences. Nevertheless, the analysis shows that all participants in the trial at least consider the existence of public resonance, and use certain tactics and strategies to manage this factor.