After returning from a federal court hearing, Sheriff Jones shares his comments and prognostications with the local media
|Sheriff Tommy Jones|
Although Sheriff Jones has generally steered clear from major blunders, this time, he faces a tough quagmire--which he has made increasingly worse for himself and Brian "Wormy" Hodge.
In the recent Advocate&Democrat news article on April 23, 2017, his comments on the 'vote buying' federal indictment against Hodge have "raised eyebrows" on Jones' ability to perform under difficult situations.
The most shocking comment (in part) was that "if Hodge is guilty, he'll need to go to jail." Jones will soon realize it's not up to him to come up with a simplistic solution to make this 'go away.' Even if "Wormy" is found guilty, he may not automatically face prison time. Prosecutors and his attorney may come up with a 'plea deal' in exchange for information that has not yet been revealed.
Sheriff Jones, obviously may not have had the advice of a good attorney--turning into what seems to be, a "chatty kathy doll" may have violated several judicial guidelines--he is due to meet with FBI officials soon to answer questions.
This standard also likely governs dissemination of court pleadings, transcripts, and the like to the media without further comment. Pa. Informal Op. 96-45 (June 21, 1996).Model Rule 3.6(a) “sets forth a basic general prohibition against a lawyer’s making statements that the lawyer knows or should know will have a substantial likelihood of materially prejudicing an adjudicative proceeding.” Model Rules of Prof’l Conduct R. 3.6 cmt. . In doing so, Model Rule 3.6 attempts to strike a balance between “protecting the right to a fair trial and safeguarding the right of free expression.” Model Rules of Prof’l Conduct R. 3.6 cmt. .