Sunday, October 11, 2009

The perjury "trilemma"

All students of legal ethics are familiar with Professor Monroe Freedman's famous article on the "trilemma" lawyers face when dealing with possible perjury. Attorneys are supposed to keep their client's confidences secret, to advocate zealously and to disclose perjury. You can't do all three. Something has to give. His original article, published in 1975, started a debate that continues to this day. Literally. Prof. Freedman just posted an invitation to the members and guests of the Legal Ethics Forum to debate the subject. Go here to check it out and refer back to it as more participants will likely contribute to the discussion in the near future.

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