Ethical Conundrums

Last week, I stumbled across a video of a young man admitting that he drove drunk and killed a man. You may have seen it, but if not, it is worth four minutes of your time.

What is most admirable about this video is that he made it before he was even charged. Meaning  the prosecutor does not have to make a deal. I admire this man so much for taking responsibility and accepting whatever punishment he receives.

And now, a brief aside to comment on the attorney action mentioned in the video. Did you catch the bit about the “high-powered attorneys” he went and saw? The ones that apparently told him they could get his blood alcohol test thrown out if he lied? No wonder people hate attorneys.

No, telling your client to lie is NOT okay. Rule 3.3 of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility covers “Candor Toward the Tribunal.” (Isn’t that a great title? The word “candor” cracks me up.) An attorney may NOT offer false evidence, and if an attorney knows the client is going to lie on the stand, the attorney must takes steps to prevent that from happening.

I am really hoping that those attorneys did not outright tell him to lie, because that is definitely a violation. Hello, ethics committee.


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