July 01, 2013

Scruples: The Lying Client

An ethics lawyer explains how to deal with a client who is lying.

Michael Downey

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Paradox sank into the chair with an anxious look,

“What’s wrong?” Ethox inquired.

“Our client Lance has been lying” Paradox answered. “I’m sure of it. What do I need to do?”

“When did Lance lie?” Ethox pressed.

“Everyone was accusing Lance of cheating. Lance kept denying it, and everyone on Lance’s side—including his lawyer, me—accepted Lance’s denials as true.” Paradox spoke quickly. “During the mediation, I finally realized that Lance must be lying. Will I get in trouble for allowing him to do this?” 

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