Lawyers engaging in pretrial publicity on the Internet is a growing concern within the legal profession, as many fear that online rantings, blogs and press releases by attorneys are potentially tainting the jury pool.

While some lawyers are concerned about adversarial law firms posting press releases that are unflattering to their clients, others object to Web sites that give biased, blow-by-blow accounts of pending litigation. Some are also angered by anonymous attorney blogs that criticize the merits of pending cases and bash the lawyers involved.