Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Innocence Information Disclosure Obligation Proposed

The District of Columbia Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee is proposing changes in the D.C. ethics rules.

The notice seeking comments highlights a couple of major changes.

One would allow screening to cure imputed disqualification. The other:

Adopt a new Rule 8.6 to require lawyers in the District of Columbia who possess information that raises a substantial question about the innocence of a convicted person to disclose that information to a court, the convicted person’s counsel, and the convicted person, in the absence of other confidentiality obligations of the lawyer.

(Mike Frisch)

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