Setting a Price on a Lawyer’s Integrity

The Story:

The Washington Post, on March 23, ran an explosive piece on alleged manuveurings by supporters of Judge Roy Moore prior to a special election to fill one of the Alabama seats in the U.S. Senate late last year: WaPo says that people supporting Moore sought to pay a lawyer to abandon a client and claim that he believed she was untruthful.

The Corfman Charge

During the election campaign Leigh Corfman said that Moore had initiated sexual contact with her when she was only 14 years old: contact that would be a felony under Alabama law.

Eddie Sexton, who was Corfman’s lawyer, now alleges that individuals associated with Breitbart and Steve Bannon offered him $10,000 to drop and discredit Corfman. He refused.

Breitbart’s response has been that its reporters did meet with Sexton about Corfman, but that his “recollections about this meeting are inaccurate.”

The Thing to Know

A central — arguably the central — ethical principle in the common law legal tradition is a lawyer’s duty to act zealously on his client’s behalf. There is no price tag on that.

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