Subpoena served to PR agency of basketball widow

BOSTON: Morrissey & Co. has become involved in the high-profile legal battle between Donna Harris-Lewis - widow of deceased Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis - and Lewis’ chief cardiologist, Dr. Gilbert Mudge Jr.

BOSTON: Morrissey & Co. has become involved in the high-profile legal battle between Donna Harris-Lewis - widow of deceased Boston Celtics star Reggie Lewis - and Lewis’ chief cardiologist, Dr. Gilbert Mudge Jr.

BOSTON: Morrissey & Co. has become involved in the high-profile

legal battle between Donna Harris-Lewis - widow of deceased Boston

Celtics star Reggie Lewis - and Lewis’ chief cardiologist, Dr. Gilbert

Mudge Jr.



The agency, which has been providing Harris-Lewis with reputation

management services during the medical malpractice case stemming from

her husband’s death, has been subpoenaed by Mudge’s lawyer, William

Dailey Jr. of Sloane & Walsh in Boston, for allegedly violating a gag

order.



The subpoenas demanded depositions by president/CEO Peter Morrissey and

VP Edward Cafasso, as well as ’any and all documents’ relating to their

work with Harris-Lewis or her attorneys, such as e-mail, memos or

recordings.



While Morrissey declined to comment on the specifics of this case, he

said, ’There are always people who seek to make PR an issue, as if

somehow telling the truth provides an unfair advantage.’



A hearing has been set for September 30 so that both sides can argue

their case for or against the subpoena, as well as Mudge’s application

for a new gag order in preparation for the second trial, tentatively

scheduled to begin on April 3.



T. Barton Carter, a professor of communications law at Boston

University, said the case presents a unique scenario. ’There aren’t that

many gag orders issued in trials in the first place, and there aren’t

that many trials where PR people are out making a lot of noise,’ he

said. ’The question is, are PR professionals merely an extension of the

participant? If the participant is ordered not to say anything to the

press and instead pays a PR firm to say it, that appears to be

unreasonable.’



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