Ethical Issues in Plea Bargaining, Evidence, and the Media
Panel Participants: David Rudolf, Sonya Pfeiffer, Karen Clark
Overview: During trial, a potentially key piece of evidence is discovered in the defendant’s garage. What are his ethical obligations to preserve or disclose the evidence to the state? Later, David Rudolf finds himself in the unenviable position of having to counsel a man who unwaveringly professes his innocence to take a plea. All the while, the case unfolds relentless media scrutiny. What are the ethical boundaries for a lawyer who needs to fight back in the public square?
Topics: Balancing your ethical duties to disclose evidence while still protecting your client, the ethics of plea-bargaining, and the ethics of dealing with the media.