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About the Book
Criminal law practice is a minefield of legal ethics issues for both the prosecution and defense. There are a myriad of ethical questions requiring not only an understanding of the relevant ethics rules, but also applicable constitutional and statutory law as well as rules of criminal procedure and evidence. This book aims to put these and other ethical questions on the "radar screens" of criminal practitioners and to provide both prosecution and defense with the analysis and authorities necessary to understand the issues and underlying policies. This book gathers in one place ethics columns written over a number of years for the ABA Criminal Justice Section's publication Criminal Justice. Each has been updated and some expanded.
Do No Wrong: Ethics for Prosecutors and Defenders is designed to help provide guidance for resolving ethical issues such as:
-How far may the prosecution or defense go in using religion in closing argument? -Does the defense lawyer or the client decide whether to raise an insanity defense or to present mitigation evidence? -Is the defendant entitled to Brady material prior to entering a plea bargain? -When may the defense introduce evidence of an alternate perpetrator or SODDI (the "some other dude did it") defense?
A list of research resources appears at the end of each chapter. In addition to exploring ethical issues that prosecutors and defense attorneys routinely face, this book also examines emerging areas of ethics, such as lawyer involvement in client media campaigns, and ongoing policy debates over the proper roles for prosecution and defense counsel.