Professor Andrew Horwitz tells the Providence Journal why a Rhode Island Superior Court "judge-shopping" decision doesn't reflect the reality of lawyers' roles.

Upcoming Events

Welcome to the LAA for New Graduates Post-Bar Exam Reception
JUL
27
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Birch Bar (Westin Boston Waterfront)
19th Annual Rhode Island Attorney General Open Government Summit
JUL
28
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
RWU School of Law, Bristol, RI
Incoming Student Orientation
AUG
09
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
RWU School of Law
18th Annual LAA Scholarship Golf Tournament
AUG
19
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Swansea Country Club, Swansea, MA
CLE Program: Management of Spinal and Extremities Radiology
NOV
02
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Crowne Plaza, Warwick, Rhode Island

Trending@RWULaw

06/02/2017
By Dean Michael J. Yelnosky
  As spring is finally springing and commencement is behind us, we (Tiffany Healey and Nicole Dyszlewski) wanted to take a stroll down memory lane and check in with some of the members of last...


Affordable Excellence at RWU LAW

Archives

Newsroom

Horwitz on 'Judge-Shopping' Decision

Professor Andrew Horwitz tells the Providence Journal why a Rhode Island Superior Court "judge-shopping" decision doesn't reflect the reality of lawyers' roles.

From the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: "Lawyers denounce R.I. Superior Court Judge Lanphear’s directive to divulge plea agreements," by Katie Mulvaney, Journal Staff Writer

PROVIDENCE, August 28, 2014: The criminal defense community expressed outrage this week over a court decision chastising two lawyers for “judge shopping” in their handling of a drug dealer’s criminal case.

Professor Andrew HorwitzPublic Defender Mary S. McElroy and Andrew Horwitz, director of the criminal defense clinic at the Roger Williams University School of Law, are among the members of the state criminal defense bar to take the unusual step of publicly faulting Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. Lanphear’s blistering Aug. 15 ruling as overreaching, off base and lacking in understanding about the lawyers’ roles in the judicial process. [...]

“One of the things I found most disturbing about this decision is that it displays a fundamental misunderstanding about the role of the defense lawyer…,” Horwitz said. “The lawyer is duty-bound not to reveal things that would harm his or her client so Judge Lanphear’s suggestion that silence somehow represents lack of candor is totally unfair.”

For full story, click here.