A federal judge and a panel of top ethics experts on Tuesday dove into a sensitive area in the law: dishonest clients and when attorneys are obliged to correct them or investigate the possibility that they’re being misled.
U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan, while acknowledging that the issue was merely hypothetical during his time in the private sector, said he’s often confronted with cases where a lawyer doesn’t appear to have dug deep enough into his client’s version of the facts, especially in civil lawsuits. Cogan, sitting in the Eastern District of New York, said lawyers should be wary if their client starts asking “hypotheticals” about what evidence would support their case.
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