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January 26, 2010

Bizarre Nebraska Case – Legal But Unethical?

Filed under: Free Web — Tags: — uhlawlibrary @ 10:15 am

What do drugs, alleged prostitution, a fallen lawyer, murder threats, and jailhouse snitches have to do with attorney-client privilege?  A blog entry on the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, sketches “an Omaha lawyer down on his luck who ultimately agreed to wear a wire for the U.S. attorney’s office in Nebraska. The lawyer, Terry Haddock, then taped incriminating statements made [to] a local inmate, the alleged ringleader of a huge marijuana conspiracy.”  Evidently, Haddock made it clear to Williams that he was not Williams’ attorney and would do no legal work for him.  While this case may not violate the letter of the law of professional responsibility, it is being criticized as unethical.

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