Perp Walk


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Perp Walk

Informal; the practice of the police allowing the media to photograph or tape a recently arrested suspect. Some disagree with this practice as it may allow the suspect to be convicted in public opinion before the trial. On the other hand, police do it in order to assure the public that they are doing their job. Perp walks may affect business; for example, if the police parade a recently arrested CEO of a company, it may negatively impact a company's stock price.
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Critique: An inherently engaging, entertaining, and thought-provoking read from beginning to end, Jim Ray Daniels "The Perp Walk" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to personal reading lists, as well as both community and academic library Contemporary Literary Fiction collections.
The deliberate escorting of an arrested person by police in front of TV cameras and news reporters as a means of shaming or pressuring the suspect and garnering publicity for the prosecutor--commonly known as the "perp walk" (101)--is well within the ethical rule that prohibits extrajudicial comments that might prejudice an adjudicative proceeding as well as heightening public condemnation of the defendant.
PERP WALK IRKED FRENCH After his arrest, Strauss-Kahn was paraded handcuffed before cameras in a "perp walk" that drew outrage in France, where the American tradition was viewed as barbaric.
After his humiliating police "perp walk" in New York, the image of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) boss wearing an ankle bracelet would add another symbol of shame for the beleaguered global finance titan.
After the short morning "perp walk" from Patiala's lock-up to the courtroom, the arrested men - now in a gang nine members strong- greeted their families and friends and took up their usual places in court with a habitual ease.
The media attention turned it into what Boston Globe writers termed "for all intents and purposes a perp walk."
Attorneys perpetuating fraud (like Dickie Scruggs) do the perp walk for attempting to bribe judges.
Convinced he'd be beaten up by classmates from the rival party (some of whom were on the football team), Graffin writes that his "perp walk" down the hallways of his school saved him because a rumor formed that he'd killed someone.
He's had his perp walk, taken his lumps on Dancing with the Stars and gone on trial for the PAC's transgressions during the 2002 elections.
As a result, he urged in-house counsel to prepare their executives for everything from how to carry themselves during the perp walk to how to find experienced criminal counsel who aren't conflicted to reviewing Miranda and Upjohn warnings.
An exercise, modelled on the police parading of a suspect known as a "perp walk," tries to help students deal with the range of reactions they might encounter.