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.