Discussion: Effective Defense in Court Scenario Paper

Discussion: Effective Defense in Court Scenario Paper

Discussion: Effective Defense in Court Scenario Paper


In your first paragraph explain the legal ethics associated with being a defense attorney (being a zealous advocate, ensuring confidentially, presenting a valid defense, not using misleading testimony, etc.)(Chapter 7, pgs. 216-218).

In the second paragraph imagine that you are a defense attorney and discuss what would be worse. When a client of yours that you are sure is innocent is found guilty because of your ineffective defense, or if a client that you know is guilty of a violent horrendous act is found innocent because of your effective defense in court?

  • Textbook: America’s Courts and the Criminal Justice System 13th edition by David W. Neubauer, & Henry F. Fradella

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