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Gentile v. State Bar of Nevada

United States Supreme Court
501 U.S. 1030 (1991)


Criminal defense attorney Dominic Gentile (defendant) represented Grady Sanders, a well-known Las Vegas businessman accused of stealing cocaine and money during a police sting operation. On the day of Sanders’ indictment, Gentile held a press conference proclaiming his client’s innocence and implicating a police detective as the guilty individual. Shortly thereafter, a number of newspaper articles appeared discussing the press conference. Sanders was eventually acquitted of the charges. The State Bar of Nevada Disciplinary Board (the Board) (plaintiff) filed a disciplinary action against Gentile claiming he knew of or should have known that his statements at the press conference would materially prejudice the trial of Sanders. Gentile appealed. The Nevada Supreme Court affirmed the Board’s decision. The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, C.J.)

Dissent (Kennedy, J.)

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