Misuse of Letterhead by Prosecutors and Attorneys General


Some prosecutors and attorneys general have lent the authority of their offices to others through the use of their letterhead, most often to debt collectors. In a similar and no less disturbing misuse of office, some attorneys general have sent letters on official letterhead substantially written by lobbyists or lawyers for corporations that have made campaign contributions to the attorney general. This ethics column explores the ethics of such practices.


ethics, professional responsbility, prosecutor, attorney general, debt collection, letterhead, influence

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Criminal Justice

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30\(4) Criminal Justice 48 (2016)

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