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NCJ Number: 97288 Find in a Library
Title: Defending White Collar Crime - A Portrait of Attorneys at Work
Author(s): K Mann
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 285
Sponsoring Agency: Yale University Press
New Haven, CT 06520
Sale Source: Yale University Press
92a Yale Station
New Haven, CT 06520
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An attorney experienced in defending white-collar criminals describes the methods used by white-collar defense lawyers to avoid not only the indictment of their clients but even preliminary investigations which might lead to a criminal charge.
Abstract: Interviews with 44 major attorneys defending white-collar criminals in New York are combined with the author's own experience to show how lawyers use legal rules and arguments on behalf of their clients and especially how they work to control the flow of information about their clients' activities. The lawyers' view that their central task is information control is emphasized. Case studies show how lawyers carefully direct their own conversations with clients to keep the clients from revealing too much and how lawyers make every effort to prevent clients and others from providing evidence to government investigators. Ethical questions pertaining to legal practice in the United States are raised, with emphasis on the possible inadequacy of the ethical rules of the bar and the unfair advantage the defense may currently have over the prosecution. Reference notes, an index, and appendixes presenting background data on the study population are included.
Index Term(s): Defense counsel; Defense preparation; New York; Professional conduct and ethics; White collar crime; White collar offenders
Note: Yale Studies on White Collar Crime.
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