Monday, February 16, 2009

A Legal Communicator's Worst Nightmare

A New Jersey prosecutor's office erroneously sent out, on Friday the 13th no less, a news release identifying the wrong man indicted for sexual assault  The wrongly identified man had actually been no-billed.

"Correction: Teen Sex Assault
2/14/2009, 6:09 p.m. EST
The Associated Press     

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — In a Feb. 13 story about a teen being charged with sexual assault, The Associated Press, relying on a statement from the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, reported erroneously that....."

As a former spokesman and public affairs office manager for both federal and state prosecutors I comment at on this legal media relations nightmare.

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