- Sep 21, 2016
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It seems unethical, to say the least. Especially if they came up with the idea themselves.
I would like an attorney's point of view as well. Is it unheard of for a defense attorney to make up a ridiculous story such as this?
Parts of the defense where they were insinuating someone else could have done it, like interrogating DJ, UF, the girl who reported her father - pretty normal.
But putting your really unsympathetic twitchy client on the stand to invent a really unbelievable story - incredibly rare.
You are not supposed to participate or facilitate perjury or fraud on the Court. But if your client from day one tells you their version and you have no reason to believe it is made up, you are not doing anything unethical by allowing your client to testify. It’s their right and you aren’t responsible. But helping them come up with something or participating in a narrative is questionable.
I told my partner about this and he was shocked too. He said I should let our firm take hard cases now and let him come up with good alien defenses. Everyone agreed they thought this was a bad idea.