Friday, December 30, 2005


Ethics and the ''Justice'' Department

Pop quiz for the DC Bar's ethics committee:
You're a lawyer for the Department of Justice newly assigned to find out who told the news media about President Bush's warrantless wiretaps. However, this requires you to act in a way which supports actions by the administration that were almost certainly illegal.

Is an ethical attorney required to withdraw from the leak investigation? Are attorneys conducting an inquiry regarding who revealed illegal governmental activities subject to prosecution as accessories after the fact? Discuss.


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