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An infamous old case … and a deathbed ethical violation?

Our, shall we say, “mature” readers will no doubt recollect this case from benighted 1970s, while our younger readers may be hearing about it for the first time. It’s the infamous Bronfman kidnapping saga, with a new twist provided by the self-published memoir of the recently-deceased lawyer for Byrne, one of the two co-defendants. It’s described in this long-form article in the New York Times.

For more on the suppression of Byrne’s statement to the FBI, which the article mentions in passing, see People v. Lynch, 61 A.D.2d 723 (N.Y. App. Div. 1978). One thing the article mentions not at all, but which inquiring minds might like to know: What did the lawyer for Lynch, the other defendant, think about the truth of his client’s defense?

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