Justice via the media

Regarding the opinion-page column "Judges Should Gag the 'Gag Order Aug. 5: I'm really surprised at this one-sided attack against the prosecution in the William Kennedy Smith rape case.Has everyone forgotten - or has it been accepted as "normal that it was the defense side that first maligned the character of the opposition? (The alleged victim, remember?) When the prosecution, contrary to expectation and conventional procedure, gave back what they got, everybody got all upset! In justice, everyone should have kept quiet until the trial. In reality, if one side is going to try the case in the papers, why shouldn't the other? Ann C. Somers, Pepperell, Mass.

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