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Professional Ethics and the Business World
This paper discusses professional ethics and looks at an unethical case of business in which an attorney was involved.
# 109329 | 1,565 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Nov 28, 2008 in Sociology (Theory) , Law (Criminal) , Criminology (Criminal Justice and Corrections)

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In this article, the writer notes that no professionals are more maligned for being unethical than attorneys, yet attorneys are one of the few professions that have adopted and adhere to a strict code of professional ethics, the violation of which can result in the end of a career and other severe sanctions. The writer points out that in the United States, each state has its own rules of ethics for attorneys, however, the majority of estates have adopted rules that outline affirmative duties that an attorney owes to a client, in addition to listing proscribed behavior. The writer then discusses that one of the most dramatic cases of attorney ethical violations is the recent attempt by Durham, North Carolina Assistant District Attorney Mike Nifong to prosecute several members of the Duke Lacrosse team for the rape of Crystal Gail Mangum. Unfortunately, the complaining witness lied about the events that served as the basis for the charges. The writer maintains that from the beginning of the case, Nifong acted in an unethical manner, because he pursued a conviction, rather than justice. The writer concludes that while it may be easy to understand Nifong's initial position, how he acted when he had to have known that the complainant was lying, is simply inexplicable. There is no scenario under which the continued prosecution of clearly innocent people is permissible.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Bar Association. "Model Rules of Professional Conduct: 2007 Edition."
  • ABANET.ORG. 2007. American Bar Association. 9 Nov. 2007 <>.
  • Askew, Kim. "Practicing Law 101." Texas Bar Journal. 70.10 (2007): 854-857.
  • Marshall, Jack. "Ethics Train Wreck: District Attorney Nifong and the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case." Ethics Scoreboard. 2007. ProEthics, Ltd. 9 Nov. 2007 <>.
  • Neff, Joseph. "Rush to Judgment: Quest to Convict Hid a Lack of Evidence."

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