The Professional and the Liar

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Many individuals in society think that all lawyers are liars. Some think lawyers are allowed to lie. Regrettably, some American lawyers apparently think so too. In the United States there has been, and continues to be, a troubling lack of professional consensus when it comes to litigating a case. Indeed, lawyers who are neither corrupt nor insensitive have been accused of arguing that the elicitation of false testimony, and the use of it, is a professional responsibility. Fairness also calls for some acknowledgment that even the most cunning, zealous, and successful of trial lawyers have agonized over such moral choices. But if there is some professional consensus or agreed etiquette, what does it amount to in application?

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)919-999
JournalKentucky Law Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


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