The Ethics of Prosecutorial Disclosure


Do ethical disclosure rules require more of prosecutors than constitutional disclosure rules? Should they? These questions have been raised in debates about prosecutorial disclosure in recent years, with state courts reaching divergent conclusions on how they should be answered. In April of this year, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals in In re Kline, 113 A.3d 202 (D.C. 2015), became the most recent court to address these questions. In this column we examine the Kline opinion, the contours of the debates that preceded it, and the division of views about the proper interpretation of Model Rule 3.8(d) and state ethics rules modeled on Rule 3.8(d).


legal ethics, prosecutorial ethics, criminal discovery, disclosure, Brady

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30 (Fall) Criminal Justice 41 (2015)


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