The Law: A Question of Confidence

Can a lawyer who learns that his client has committed a crime for which he has not been charged keep that knowledge to himself? The question has come up frequently during the past year in connection with the Watergate investigations now unfolding in Washington.

Last week the issue was raised starkly in a murder trial in rural Lake Pleasant, N.Y. Two attorneys for a man accused of one killing revealed that they had known for six months of two other murders committed by their client. They had kept silent because they felt bound by the...

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