BC Advantage - 2018 Issue 10

Ethical Dilemmas The View from a Tower of Ivory

Have you ever come across the following technique that attorneys sometimes employ when litigating a case? The prosecuting attorney makes an outrageous statement or accusation for all in the courtroom to hear. The defense quickly objects. The judge agrees with the defense and turns to the jury and advises them to ignore what the prosecution said…like it never happened, and it will not influence the jury’s judgement. If you watch closely, you might see the hint of a smile emerge on the prosecutor’s face. Mission accomplished.I was reminded of this underhanded technique while reading a...

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