The Court of Public Opinion: Public Advocacy in Legal Defense

A couple years ago, I interviewed PR Consultant and media expert Lonnie Soury on the role of public advocacy in criminal cases after a false confession. It was truly one of the most fascinating interviews I had ever done.

Mr. Soury explained to me the role public advocacy plays in legal defense with a focus on the types of cases that may benefit from public advocacy and how it can be used to overturn a verdict. He also  recounted his participation in two famous criminal cases: The Marty Tankleoff case and The West Memphis 3 and how public advocacy was the key in turning up new evidence to free these innocent men.

Taken from’s program entitled “The Court of Public Opinion: Public Advocacy in Legal Defense” with Lonnie Soury and Sigalle Barness.

Author: Sigalle Barness

Sigalle Barness is the Chief Operating Officer of Lawline, the nation's leading online provider of Continuing Legal Education. Sigalle provides leadership and vision to ensure Lawline has the proper processes and people in place to effectively grow the organization while ensuring financial strength, stability, and profitability. Sigalle approaches her work with respect, candor, and a balance of decisiveness and flexibility as she furthers the objectives of the company. Sigalle's favorite things in the whole world are her husband and two children. Sigalle also loves good food and travel. She is an avid lover of music, video games, blogging, and cooking.

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