Engelbrecht Kruger Attorneys - Dishonest Ethical Advocacy - False Defenses in Criminal Court
Attorneys make ethical decisions every day when deciding how to defend or represent a client
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Up to this morning I believed most firmly in his innocence; and so did many others as well as myself.
"I have sent for you, gentlemen," said he, "to tell you I committed the murder!"
When I could speak, which was not immediately, I said "Of course, then, you are going to plead guilty?"
“No, sir,” was the reply, “I expect you to defend me to the utmost."
We returned to our seats.
DAVID MELLINKOFF, THE CONSCIENCE OF A LAWYER 133 (1973) (quoting SAMUEL WARREN & CHARLES PHILLIPS, CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN SAMUEL WARREN, ESQ., BARRISTER-AT-LAW, AND CHARLES PHILLIPS,ESQ., RELATIVE TO THE TRIAL OF COURVOISIER 11 (1849))
Where do we stand as attorneys? I will try and explore this over the next few weeks.