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Criminal procedure in Mayberry

The late great Andy Griffith passed away earlier this week.

Who knew that tucked away in an old episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” there is a clip of Sheriff Andy Taylor giving his son Opie a lesson in attorney-client privilege?

Opie and a friend had bugged a conversation at the Mayberry jail and he pressed his paw with the tape, saying it was OK to use “if it helps the law.”

Ain’t true, Andy said. “Whether a man is guilty or innocent,” he told the boy, “we have to find that out by due process of law.”

Check it the clip at the Legal Ethics Forum blog.

(Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

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