Would a Lawyer Ever Say Something Unkind?

Trials are hard enough, but attorneys get even more frustrated and disappointed when the verdict isn’t in their favor. They can even become angry and have lots of problems with their clients, like Drew Peterson and his lawyer, Joel Brodsky, when Peterson was convicted of killing his wife.

Brodsky went on TV after the verdict and “blamed Peterson for moves he made at the trial” according to Joseph Hosey in the Bollingbrook Patch.

There’s a more recent example of an attorney bad-mouthing his client in the United Arab Emirates. He called him “the most stupid murderer I have seen in 40 years”after he was convicted of murdering a woman who claimed he got her pregnant, even though they didn’t have sex. He killed her with a stone and put her body in a bathtub and set the home on fire. The body survived because the bathtub was filled with water.

Attorneys might have dim-witted clients, but they shouldn’t bad-mouth them in public. It will only affect future client relationships. It could also impact their practice because potential clients will see them as unprofessional and possibly inept, so they won’t hire them. Besides, if an attorney criticizes a client publicly, it can show a lack of judgment for taking the client on in the first place. It’s just unwise all around, and can negatively affect a lawyer’s reputation.

As my mother said, “if you can’t say something nice about somebody, shut up!” (Mom’s comment was embellished for this blog post). 


Is Barbie Lust Right for Your Daughter?

The swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated is popular for the same reason Playboy is: the pictures. They appeal to men’s desires and fantasies (and not the good ones).  

Now Mattel has gotten in on the action by creating the Barbie Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Doll. It was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the magazine, and it’s an updated version of the original 1959 model. What’s interesting is Target, where it’s exclusively sold, says it’s “For the adult collector” even though they say the suggested age is from six years old. Often “logic” gets lost in marketing.

When I was growing up, six year-olds didn’t play with Barbies that looked like that. They were more wholesome-looking, but it seems like Mattel wants to stay with the times by making the doll look more sexy.  

Parents who want to remember how Barbie used to be probably are wondering why they should buy it for their daughters. The image of the doll has changed, and it’s been cheapened to be more attractive to men as give girls a false image of beauty. That goal in itself seems disturbing.

The Barbie brand’s public image has changed, but that doesn’t mean our public relations message should. If there’s a central message that made you successful in the first place, don’t cheapen it when you post a rude image on Pinterest and other social media. After all, hem lines might rise and fall, but let’s keep everything covered and decent.