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CRJ 220 Ethics and Leadership in Criminal Justice Week 8 Discussion Virtuous and
Vicious Acts in Law Enforcement
In the context of the discussed video on ethical misconduct in the courts, here are three types of
misconduct associated with defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges:
Defense Attorneys: Lack of Communication and Inadequate Representation
Poor Communication: Effective client-attorney communication is essential in defense
representation. Clients look to their attorneys for updates, justifications of legal tactics, and
clarifications of their concerns. Clients may grow irritated and concerned about the status of their
cases when defense attorneys need to maintain regular and open communication. This
communication breakdown may adversely affect the client’s faith in the lawyer’s ability and trust.
Inadequate Representation: Some defense lawyers might not put in the time, energy, or
resources to develop a solid defense for their clients. This may result in poor legal strategies,
shoddy evidence analysis, and failure to consider all viable defenses for the client’s innocence.
When there is exculpatory evidence, but the defense attorney fails to present it adequately,
innocent people may be mistakenly convicted.
Failure to Present Crucial Evidence: Defense lawyers can fail to conduct a
comprehensive investigation of the case or notice essential information that could establish their
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