Attorney Client Privilege And Confidentiality

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Alton Logan Case: Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality
Samantha Naylor
Kaplan University
7/27/15

Alton Logan: Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality
In 1982, Alton Logan was charged and sentenced to life in prison for the first-degree murder of a McDonald’s security guard in Illinois after three witnesses identified him despite the fact that several family members gave testimonies stating that Logan was home in the bed when the murder occurred (CBSNews, 2008). Around the same time attorneys Dale Coventry and Jamie Kunz were defending a man named Andrew Wilson was facing similar charges in the same jurisdiction who confessed to them that he killed the McDonalds security guard, and that Alton Logan was innocent (CBSNews, 2008). The two attorneys, being bound by the Attorney-Client Privilege and their duty of confidentiality to their client they did not come forward with the information that could have relieved Logan from the charges and his life sentence. Wilson gave the attorney’s permission to disclose the information upon his death and they took necessary measures to preserve the information until the time came when they would be able to share it (CBSNews, 2008).
The purpose of rules of ethics that attorneys are obligated to abide by is to protect the Attorney-Client Relationship and enable full disclosure of information that is necessary for lawyers to provide competent representation in favor of their client. Confidentiality and the Attorney-Client

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