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The Precarious Role of Defense Lawyers in White-Collar Crime

I read Michael Cohen’s Guilty Plea Puts Spotlight on Defense Lawyers’ Role  by Christine Simmons in the New York Law Journal on Dec. 11. What a timely, yet unsettling piece it was.  As a white-collar criminal defense lawyer, I’ve been in the outhouse and the penthouse with clients when it comes to proffering or testifying or meeting – clients who have lied to federal agents.  And I’ve had clients who’ve told the truth but have been perceived by the government to be lying.  In any event, it’s been on my watch.  Where does the fault lie?  Where was the disconnect?  Do clients really lie to their own lawyers?  Does the lawyer really want to know the entire truth?