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People v. Belge
Citation:372 N.Y.S.2d 798 (S.Ct. 1975), affirmed, 359 N.E.2d 377 (N.Y. 1976)
Belge (Defendant) represented Robert Garrow, a man charged with murder in New York trial court. Belge conducted his own investigation based on information he received from Garrow and learned the location of the victim’s body, but did not disclose it to the authorities. Belge was charged with failure to disclose information to the authorities about the victim’s body. Belge moved for a dismissal of the indictment on the grounds that a confidential, privileged communication existed between him and Garrow, which should excuse Belge from making full disclosure to the authorities.
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