Criminal Attorney and Client: Who Calls the Shots?

, New York Law Journal


In his Ethics and Criminal Practice column, Joel Cohen of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan writes that while some decisions - whether to testify, or to accept a plea - are absolutely the client's, and in other matters a lawyer has veto power, such as when the client suggests an unethical act be committed on his behalf, what of accepting or insisting on immunity from the government? Or deciding a lesser charge should also be submitted to the jury?

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