Ethics Corner: Creating a Chief Integrity Officer Position

This article details how this new position has been structured to ensure that ethics and integrity are integrated into every aspect of the AG office’s operations.

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Compliance Monitoring and State Attorney General Investigations: Issues in Appointment and Operation

With increasing use of compliance monitors by state attorneys general and federal law enforcement in corporate settlement agreements, this article describes the significant advantages that monitors provide in enforcing complex injunctive relief and overseeing systemic corporate changes, and discusses key practices and standards to consider in selecting monitors and defining their roles.

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What McDonnell v. United States Means for State Corruption Prosecutors

When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in Robert McDonnell v. United States nearly two years ago, it announced a new standard for cases involving a federal bribery statute. This first article of a two-part series examines how state courts have construed McDonnell and provides some practical tips for prosecutors to consider when investigating, charging, and trying corruption cases that may help avoid McDonnell issues.

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The Ethical Duty of Technology Competence: What Does it Mean for You?

In this issue, the Ethics Corner addresses the recently-amended ABA Model Rule 1.1 and what it now means to provide competent representation, "including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology."

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Ethics Corner: Survey of “Ethics Gurus” in AG Offices Reveals Priorities

Amie Ely, director of NAGTRI's Center for Ethics & Public Integrity (CEPI), writes about assembling a cadre of "ethics gurus" from attorneys general offices and summarizes some of the ethics issues that have been identified. One issue addressed is whether prosecutors can ethically advise law enforcement in undercover operations that involve the use of subterfuge.

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Ethics Corner: Avoiding Ethical Pitfalls in Using Social Media

This is an ongoing column exploring various ethical topics relevant to attorneys general and other government attorneys. Look for the Ethics Corner in each issue of the quarterly NAGTRI Journal.

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The Interaction between Rule 3.8(d) and the Constitutional Requirements of Brady and Giglio

This is an ongoing column exploring various ethical topics relevant to attorneys general and other government attorneys. Look for the Ethics Corner in each issue of the quarterly NAGTRI Journal.

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Ethics Corner – To Blog or Not to Blog

This is an ongoing column exploring various ethical topics relevant to attorneys general and other government attorneys. Look for the Ethics Corner in each issue of the quarterly NAGTRI Journal.

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Pitfalls in Rule 30(b)(6) Depositions of Law Enforcement Authorities

This article explores the special problems that arise when a defendant notices the deposition of a civil enforcement plaintiff under Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(b)(6) seeking information about the government's case. While depositions of government agencies are explicitly permitted under Rule 30(b)(6), unique problems arise when the agency happens to be a government law office serving as trial counsel in an enforcement action and also conducted or supervised the underlying investigation.

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Consumer Testimony: How to Prepare and Present Effectively and Ethically at Trial

A senior deputy attorney general from the Bureau of Consumer Protection of the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office highlights the importance of striking a balance ethically and effectively in what can be the most powerful piece of evidence in certain cases.

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