Misuse of Letterhead by Prosecutors and Attorneys General

5 Pages Posted: 27 Feb 2016

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Peter A. Joy

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Kevin C. McMunigal

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Date Written: January 25, 2016

Abstract

Some prosecutors and attorneys general have lent the authority of their offices to others through the use of their letterhead, most often to debt collectors. In a similar and no less disturbing misuse of office, some attorneys general have sent letters on official letterhead substantially written by lobbyists or lawyers for corporations that have made campaign contributions to the attorney general. This ethics column explores the ethics of such practices.

Keywords: ethics, professional responsbility, prosecutor, attorney general, debt collection, letterhead, influence

JEL Classification: K14, K19, K41, K42

Suggested Citation

Joy, Peter A. and McMunigal, Kevin C., Misuse of Letterhead by Prosecutors and Attorneys General (January 25, 2016). Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-01-01; Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2738134 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2738134

Peter A. Joy (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

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Kevin C. McMunigal

Case Western Reserve University School of Law ( email )

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