cowboyLAWYER re: lying

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Many of my posts are about cowboy stuff.  They seem more popular than what I write about legal topics.  What a surprise!

So, I am warning you fans of ranch life that this ain’t about our horses or dogs or wildfires or brandings or buffalo or deer or antelope.  This is about lying.

Contrary to what seems to be the public perception of lawyers, lawyers need to be even more careful about lying than the general public.  Lawyers are members of a licensed and regulated profession.  Also, that particular profession is charged with pursuing justice.  I tell my clients that their credibility and my credibility are crucial to their cases.  We are stuck with the facts, but how we are perceived by the jury, judge and opposing counsel are how cases are won or lost.

I tell my clients about a particular Colorado jury instruction which is read to every…

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