LEO: Duty to Reveal Fruits - Instrumentalities LE Op. 551
Duty to Reveal Fruits/Instrumentalities of a Crime.
November 23, 1983
A defense attorney has a legal duty to turn over any documents which are
fruits or instrumentalities of the crime. The attorney must first inform
his client of his intention to reveal the documents. Furthermore, it is
incumbent upon the defense attorney to determine what evidence constitutes
fruits or instrumentalities of the crime. [ DR:7-108(A), DR:6-101(C) and
In re Ryder, 381 F.2d 713 (4th Cir. 1967]
Committee Opinion November 23, 1983
See also LE Op. 709, and LE Op. 953.