I recall that as Joe DiMaggio was slipping in and out of a coma near the end of his life, his doctors held daily press briefings. DiMaggio unexpectedly revived and promptly told his doctors, angrily, to "shut up."
That anecdote came to mind as I read a news accounts of statements by lawyers for George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin. The news accounts attribute all sorts of statements to the lawyers, many of which make their client look bad. My advice to the lawyers: shut up, guys. Shut the h*** up. It's not about you. It's supposed to be about the client. And that's even before we get to the ethics rules on confidentiality. (Apologies for the strong language. I realize that Andy has already posted on this topic below, but I had already drafted and scheduled this post, so I decided to run it anyway.)
UPDATE: The new lawyer for Zimmerman made a public appearance and was far more appropriate in how he responded to media questions. The new lawyer, who criticized the prior lawyers, may have received Zimmerman's consent to speaking in public, but in any case the comments were tailored toward developing some public sympathy for Zimmerman and did not amount to negative admissions.