Saturday, March 3, 2018
The North Carolina State Bar has filed charges against an attorney who allegedly violated his duty of confidentiality in two criminal defense matters.
In a robbery case, he allegedly told the jury in his opening statement that the "client had engaged in a discussion about robbing a person."
The judge halted the proceedings, excused the jury and inquired of the client if said statement had been authorized.
After the mistrial, the attorney allegedly without consent told the prosecutor that his client said that he had planned the crime but it was a "joke among friends."
In a second matter, the attorney allegedly visited a represented defendant without the counsel's permission, made inappropriate promises to secure the representation and violated confidentiality in his discussions with the prosecutor by indicating additional criminal activities by his client.
A third count involves problems revealed in a trust account audit. (Mike Frisch)