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US v. Wecht, 06-3098

In the context of local rules limiting attorney speech connected to pending or imminent criminal litigation, the circuit court exercises its supervisory authority to require that district courts apply Western District of Pennsylvania Local Rule 83.1, to prohibit only speech that is substantially likely to materially prejudice ongoing criminal proceedings. This holding applies to the local rules of all the district courts in the circuit.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/12/2007
  • Published 04/12/2007


  • Before:  FUENTES, FISHER, and BRIGHT, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Third Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Jerry S. McDevitt (Argued), Richard L. Thornburgh, Mark A. Rush, Amy L. Barrette, J. Nicholas Ranjan, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP, Pittsburgh, for Cyril H. Wecht., Douglas Letter (Argued), Appellate Litigation Counsel, Civil Division, Richard A. Friedman (Argued), Appellate Section, Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, Mary Beth Buchanan, United States Attorney, Peter Keisler, Assistant Attorney General, Robert L. Eberhardt, Assistant United States Attorney, Rebecca Ross Haywood (Argued), Assistant United States Attorney, Stephen S. Stallings (Argued), Office of United States Attorney, Pittsburgh, PA, for United States of America., Walter P. DeForest (Argued), David J. Berardinelli, George Bobb, DeForest Koscelnik Yokitis & Kaplan, Pittsburgh, PA, for Intervenors WPXI, Inc., David J. Bird (Argued), W. Thomas McGough, Joseph F. Rodkey, Jr., Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh, PA, for Intervenors PG Publishing Co. D/B/A the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette., David A. Strassburger (Argued), Strassburger, McKenna, Gutnick & Potter, P.C., Pittsburgh, PA, for Intervenor Tribune-Review Publishing Co. and Hearst-Argyle Stations, Inc. D/B/A WTAE-TV.

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