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Confession for the Soul?: A Lawyer's Moral Advice to a Guilty Client About Saving an Innocent Defendant

10 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2013  

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier

CUNY School of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2012

Abstract

This article considers what a lawyer should do when a client asks for moral advice after revealing that someone else is about to be punished for a crime committed by the client. Prof. Kirchmeier considers the practical, moral, and ethical issues that arise when an attorney considers giving moral, as opposed to legal, advice. This piece is part of a symposium featuring a hypothetical addressed by lawyers, psychologists, and members of the clergy.

Keywords: Ethics, attorney-client, attorney-client relationship, morality, Rules of Professional Conduct, professional responsibility, criminal defendants, innocence

JEL Classification: K14, K42, K30

Suggested Citation

Kirchmeier, Jeffrey L., Confession for the Soul?: A Lawyer's Moral Advice to a Guilty Client About Saving an Innocent Defendant (December 1, 2012). Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2200596

Jeffrey L. Kirchmeier (Contact Author)

CUNY School of Law ( email )

2 Court Square
Long Island City, NY 11101
United States

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