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Which attorney code of ethics violation should I cite in my complaint to the Virginia state bar?

Fairfax, VA |

Assistant commonwealth attorney participated in a cover up of civil rights violations by arresting officer. The prosecutor filed Motion in Limine to prohibit testimony about an Internal affairs complaint against the arresting officer claiming the police department did not make her aware of the complaint until two days prior to the appeal. My attorney discussed the 7 month long investigation with the prosecutor months prior to the date she falsely claimed in writing and the complaint is documented in the trial transcript for the original hearing 4 months prior. This attorney acknowledged her awareness of the investigation to my attorney far prior to the date she stated as her basis for filing the Motion in Limine. Which ethics violations should be cited in my complaint to the VA Bar?

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  1. Best answer

    All we can give you is general guidance: describe the situation, much as you did here. If you feel the need to cite specific violatioins (FYI, the bar can and will figure that out themselves). Finally, you have an attorney--a person familiar with ALL the facts, circumstances, and events---ask him/her for guidance on how to proceed especially where your contention turns on your attorney's collaboration.

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  2. I don't know that you need to cite specific violations to make a complaint as a complainant. You need only describe the violation and the Bar will determine whether the facts constitute a violation.


  3. I don't think you need to cite specific portions of the ethics code or statute -- that's the disciplinary committee's job to figure out. Your only responsibility is to recite the facts, dispassionately, completely, and accurately. That's all anyone expects from the lay public, especially given that the ethics committees in every state exist to PROTECT the public, not the lawyers they investigate.

    Good luck.

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