Editor's Note: This opinion was originally published as RPC 233 (Revised).
Receipt of Letter from Represented Criminal Defendant
Opinion rules that a deputy attorney general who is representing the state on the appeal of a death sentence should send a copy to the defense lawyer of a letter he received from the defendant.
Client is on death row. Attorney A is representing Client on the automatic appeal of his conviction and sentence of death to the North Carolina Supreme Court pursuant to G.S. Â§15A-2000(d). Client sent letters to Attorney X, the deputy attorney general who is representing the state on the appeal. In the letters, Client states that he wants to expedite his execution. For this reason, he does not want an appellate brief filed on his behalf nor does he want his case argued. Client asks Attorney X to advise him on how to have Attorney A removed from his representation. What should Attorney X do?
Copies of the letters should be sent to Attorney A without communicating directly with Client. However, a copy of the transmittal letter to Attorney A may be sent to Client.
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