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Ethics/Professional Responsibility

May 13, 2024

Encouraging government lawyers to engage in the worst legal shenanigans

The DeVillier v. Texas case highlights the need for government officials to act in good faith when dealing with citizens’ constitutional rights, and the need for government lawyers to seek justice, not just convictions.

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If the primary function of the United States Constitution is to delegate limited, bounded power to the federal government and protect the individual rights of Americans, then why do courts ever presume that government officials act in good faith? Especially when they so frequently try to avoid liability for violating individual rights. Particularly for owners seeking just compensation when the government takes their private property, evide...

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