§5.22 Crime-Fraud Exception

C. Mueller, L. Kirkpatrick, & L. Richter, Evidence §5.22 (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2018)

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-63

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-63

10 Pages Posted: 2 Nov 2018

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Christopher B. Mueller

University of Colorado Law School

Laird C. Kirkpatrick

George Washington University - Law School

Liesa Richter

University of Oklahoma - College of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

This article addresses the crime-fraud exception to the attorney-client privilege. It discusses the two-part test recognized by most courts. It also discusses the difficult issues of determining the intent of the client in consulting the lawyer and the line between past and ongoing criminal conduct. It concludes by addressing the proof necessary to claim the crime-fraud exception.

Keywords: crime-fraud exception, exceptions to attorney-client privilege, crimes by client, frauds by client

Suggested Citation

Mueller, Christopher B. and Kirkpatrick, Laird C. and Richter, Liesa, §5.22 Crime-Fraud Exception (2018). C. Mueller, L. Kirkpatrick, & L. Richter, Evidence §5.22 (6th ed. Wolters Kluwer 2018); GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-63; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-63. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3277009 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3277009

Christopher B. Mueller

University of Colorado Law School ( email )

401 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309
United States

Laird C. Kirkpatrick (Contact Author)

George Washington University - Law School ( email )

2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
United States

Liesa Richter

University of Oklahoma - College of Law ( email )

300 Timberdell Road
Norman, OK 73019
United States

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