Unformatted text preview: when he dies. ABA Model Rules Cited of Implicated The rule cited in this case is the Privilege of Counsel and Confidential Communication. This is basically the Attorney/Client privilege which encourages clients to be open with an attorney so that they might represent them to the best of their ability. The footnote explains that the lawyer told the governor the man was innocent but did not reveal his source. The man was given life in prison instead of the death penalty. Justification for the Rule Clients are encouraged to reveal all the facts to their lawyers so that they might be able to defend against what the prosecution is going to throw at them. Although this seems like a cold hearted idea that a lawyer could not say anything while an innocent man rots in prison, he must be able to defend his client to the best of his ability. A lawyer should defend the man as if the man was defending himself and therefore cannot reveal evidence damaging to his case....
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- Spring '06
- Law, Lawyer, Penology, innocent man