Thursday, August 26, 2010

How not to practice law: make sure you tell the jury the information the judge had excluded

Here is our latest addition to the running list of things you should NOT do when practicing law. As usual, it is an easy one. If the judge excludes certain material from the trial you are NOT supposed to bring it up to the jury.

The Legal Ethics Forum is reporting today on a case called State v. Cifuentes-Vicente, in whcih the Washington Court of Appeals upheld sanctions against a criminal defense counsel for suggesting to the jury what they might have heard if the judge hadn't excluded certain lines of questioning.

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