X

Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Douglas Gansler has never been one to shy away from the media. And despite the D.C. Court of Appeals’ decision to censure the Montgomery County, Md., state’s attorney for public statements he made about murder cases his office handled, it appears his candor hasn’t waned. “I have a moral, ethical, and legal obligation to inform the public about the criminal justice system,” says Gansler, a former federal prosecutor in the District. “I was elected as the chief law enforcement officer in Montgomery County, and when a murderer is at large and we bring him in, it’s my belief that the public has a right to know.” The D.C. appellate court’s public censure of Gansler, who has a D.C. law license, on Dec. 15 came two years after the Court of Appeals for Maryland reprimanded him for the same comments, which Gansler made four years ago. The Maryland court determined the statements violated a rule that prohibits prosecutors from making comments that heighten the condemnation of the accused. Gansler agrees that such a rule is necessary to deter the abuse of pretrial publicity, but he says it’s a rule he’s never violated. Gansler defends what he said about those cases and insists he simply repeated information that already had been made public in charging documents. “I don’t even go close to the edge on pretrial publicity matters,” he says. “I never have and never would.”
Sarah Kelley can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]

 
 

ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.