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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Defining confidentiality

I represent a young man charged with a violent, serious offense. The offense carries a maximum penalty of life in prison. Additionally, there is a mandatory minimum punishment of several years upon conviction.

I have met my client at the county jail several times to discuss his case and keep him updated on my progress, which includes investigating the alleged victim's background, observations, and biases. I reminded the client that I was required to tell him both the good and the bad news about his case so he can make an informed decision how he wants to proceed.

Shortly thereafter, I received a call from his mother, who was very upset that I haven't shared details of the case with her. I explained that my communications with my client were strictly confidential, and I was not obligated to tell ANYONE, even the client's mother, what we discussed or our case strategies.

While she was understandably upset, I remained loyal to my client's interests, and refused to reveal anything that I discussed with my client.


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