Destroying Documents


Destruction of documents relating to possible white collar criminal and civil wrong- doing has received much attention of late. Arthur Andersen's destruction of documents relating to the Enron scandal as well as the prosecution of former Credit Suisse First Boston investment banker Frank Quattrone on an obstruction of justice charge related to email purging were both well publicized. Lawyers involved in destroying documents or counseling such destruction face potential criminal liability and damage to reputation, but the action also raises ethical issues. Our discussion addresses the ethical and legal issues implicated in document destruction, both paper and electronic.


Destruction of Documents

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Criminal Justice

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20 (4) Criminal Justice 50 (2006)

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