As a rule, “No comment is a No- No.” That’s what we teach our clients.
But that doesn’t mean you need to spill your guts.
When ambushed by reporters — saying “no comment” only makes you look guilty — like a mafioso caught red handed.
There is always something you can say. “These charges are ridiculous and I will prove my innocence” for example, or perhaps “Good to see you — I wish I were in a position to comment but doing so at the moment would be unwise.”
But in the video below (h/t KIRO TV) Duane Starkenburg, a man just arrested on charges of molesting female joggers in Seattle, provides FAR too much information. While declaring his innocence, he tells reports that he likes watching women joggers because they “run around half-naked.” Stakenburg polls a bystander off-camera to ask if he likes watching women in spandex (answer:Yes).
The goal in talking to reporters when ambushed is not to offer your complete defense…it is simply to make you look like a reasonable person and someone who deserves the benefit of a doubt. Starkenburg failed miserably in that regard.