Informal Opinion Number: 950165

Rules: 8.3
Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession
Reporting Professional Misconduct
Summary: disclosure of confidential information

QUESTION: Attorney is current defense counsel. Attorney asks whether Attorney has a duty under Rule 4-8.3 to report previous defense counsel for disclosing confidential information. The information was disclosed in court after current defense counsel raised the issue of confidentiality to the court and current defense counsel´s objections were overruled. ANSWER: Based upon the information provided, the answer is: “No.”

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