A Word of Caution: Consequences of Confession

6 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2014  

Vida Johnson

Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: 2012


Inspired by a real-life dilemma of Jesus Fornes seeing another man convicted for a murder that he committed, Professor Kevin C. McMunigal solicited responses from lawyers, psychologists, and members of the clergy to answer the following hypothetical: David has been convicted of a murder that was committed by Steven. Steven has told you the truth about what happened. Would you say anything to Steven about whether or not he should come forward? Would you give moral advice? If you would counsel him, what would you say and why? Would you counsel Steven if he had not asked, “What should I do?” Vida B. Johnson, with over ten years of criminal defense experience, gives her advice to Steven.

Keywords: Criminal Law, Criminal Defense, Legal Ethics, Legal Advice

JEL Classification: K14, K10

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Vida, A Word of Caution: Consequences of Confession (2012). Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2503765

Vida Johnson (Contact Author)

Georgetown University Law Center ( email )

600 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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