Prosecutors and Literary or Media Deals; Conflicts of Interest Hiding in Plain Sight 32 Crim. Just. 41 (Fall 2017)
9 Pages Posted: 26 Dec 2017
Date Written: October 20, 2017
Legal ethics disciplinary authorities and courts continue to admonish prosecutors for entering into literary or media deals related to pending cases. Why do some prosecutors fail to recognize these types of conflicts of interest? We analyze the applicable ethics rules and the reasons for rules. We explore why a prosecutor may not recognize such a conflict of interest. We also discuss how courts and ethics authorities address allegations of a prosecutor's conflict of interest for entering into a literary or media deal on a pending case. We conclude with some recommendations aimed at providing more guidance on the issue of entering into literary or media deals while representing a client.
Keywords: legal ethics, professional responsibility, conflict of interest, criminal law, literary deal, media deal, prosecutor
JEL Classification: K14, K19, K39, K41, K42
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