I thought of another question you might ask Mr. Jarvis should you have the opportunity. How might he think media coverage is affected when an attorney advertises to potential clients that some cases need to be fought in the media and that they "work with media professionals so news coverage is more favorable than it might be otherwise" (http://www.lorandoslaw.com/Why-We-Win.shtml)? I'd be interested to know Mr. Jarvis' thoughts about why an law firm would even advertise this service if it didn't play into the trial.
All the best,
Dear Ms. Lukachick,
Thank you so much for your thoughtful article. I really thought you brought out some excellent points from many different angles. I especially appreciate that you sought out the legal expertise from a law professor outside of the Chattanooga valley area.
I wonder, however, if when you spoke with Mr. Jarvis you happened to mention that an individual was blogging about this case. Did you perhaps discuss that the blog was heavily slanted against the prosecution? Did you ask him to examine the accusations against the prosecution to determine whether they were accurate from a legal perspective? Did you happen to mention that several members of the local media are also following this blogger on Twitter? I would be interested in his answers to these questions if you thought to ask them.
I am grateful for the long hours that reporters like you put in to share information with the public. It is a low paid and thankless job. Please know you are appreciated.