Candor in Criminal Advocacy
22 Pages Posted: 23 Aug 2016
Date Written: August 22, 2016
This Article, in Monroe Freedman’s memory, examines prosecutors' and criminal defense lawyers' duties of candor to the court, focusing on candor in the narrow sense: i.e., disclosure of relevant information. After looking generally at lawyers' duties of candor, and then specifically at lawyers' duties of candor in criminal cases, the article explores two hard questions of candor to the court in the criminal sentencing context -- one involving a prosecutor's duty and the other involving criminal defense lawyer's duty. The exploration shows the wisdom of Freedman's insight that hard candor questions - and hard ethics questions generally - cannot be resolved based solely on abstract principle but demand engagement with practical complexities.
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