When it comes to crooked colleagues, California lawyers can keep quiet | App

LOS ANGELES β€” When a blue-ribbon commission met in 2015 to improve California’s attorney ethics rules, a federal prosecutor named George Cardona was tasked with examining a proposed rule requiring lawyers to report misconduct by colleagues.

Forty-seven states already had mandatory reporting laws, and two others had laws requiring lawyers to file such reports. California was the only exception. In the Golden State, there was no expectationβ€”much less an obligationβ€”for lawyers to alert the authorities to wrongdoing within their ranks, no matter how egregious or harmful the misconduct.

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