The Ethical Dilemma Of By Alan Dershowitz Essay

914 Words Feb 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Attorneys are pulled in two directions- by their personal morals and their legal obligations, when representing clients. Usually, they choose the later and must learn to overcome issues of ethics. In Reversal of Fortune, Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor and attorney, is approached by the wealthy, Claus von Bülow. Claus is charged of lethally injecting his wife, Sunny von Bülow, with insulin and is looking for an appellate lawyer. The public, including his stepchildren and maid, believe that Claus is a haughty, guilty man. Alan decides to accept the case, but he is faced with many challenges, both ethical and personal. Alan must not only cast a shadow of doubt, but convince the appellate court of Claus’s complete and total innocence in the case. Claus insists on his innocence, despite the damning evidencing against him. Although never explicitly stated, it can be assumed by the handling of the case that Alan is not entirely convinced of his client’s innocence. Many lawyers are faced with the ethical dilemma of defending a potentially guilty client of a heinous crime. Alan chooses not to view the issue as a matter of right or wrong. Instead, he views Claus’s case as an issue of the law. According to Canby’s NY Times review of the “Reversal of Fortune Review/Film; Exploring the Underside of the Upper Class”, “Gentlemen 's words don 't mean much in the world in which Alan practices. Nor, really, does guilt or innocence. Issues of law are the point. Alan isn 't the sort…

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