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8th May '16 11:21:04 AM nombretomado
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* [[PrivateEye Ian]] [[HaveIGotNewsForYou Hislop]] has claimed in interviews that at one point during his long-standing feud with Piers Morgan, his vicar told him that the ''Daily Mirror'' had called wanting to know if he'd confessed "anything good."

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* [[PrivateEye Ian]] [[HaveIGotNewsForYou [[Series/HaveIGotNewsForYou Hislop]] has claimed in interviews that at one point during his long-standing feud with Piers Morgan, his vicar told him that the ''Daily Mirror'' had called wanting to know if he'd confessed "anything good."
7th May '16 4:30:27 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''Dream On'', Martin is dating this wonderful new girl that he hasn't slept with yet (he's trying something new), but it turns out she's a client of Judith, Martin's therapist ex-wife, [[spoiler:and she becomes homicidal after sleeping with someone. Judith eventually puts it together, and shows up at Martin's apartment just after they've consummated their relationship and as she's about to kill Martin.]]

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* In an episode of ''Dream On'', ''Series/DreamOn'', Martin is dating this wonderful new girl that he hasn't slept with yet (he's trying something new), but it turns out she's a client of Judith, Martin's therapist ex-wife, [[spoiler:and she becomes homicidal after sleeping with someone. Judith eventually puts it together, and shows up at Martin's apartment just after they've consummated their relationship and as she's about to kill Martin.]]



* In an episode of ''GreysAnatomy'', a woman confesses to purposefully ramming her car into her husband. The two doctors listening point out they only share confidentiality based on medical information, not criminal activities, and she's arrested.

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* In an episode of ''GreysAnatomy'', ''Series/GreysAnatomy'', a woman confesses to purposefully ramming her car into her husband. The two doctors listening point out they only share confidentiality based on medical information, not criminal activities, and she's arrested.
26th Apr '16 4:57:00 AM MCanter89
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There are several professions where there has traditionally been a certain level of confidence between the professional and the client. Solicitors, clergy and medical professionals are the most common examples.

Naturally this is a very useful tool in fiction. You can have an exposition by the criminal ''and'' put a person in an unimaginably difficult situation, break their code of conduct or allow a criminal to go free. This trope has three main sub-sets:

* Priest-Penitent Privilege: Most often invoked with (or by) [[ChristianityIsCatholic Christians]], this practice exists in many real world religions. There is often scope for conflict between religious and national law too, as it is often not recognised in court; yet, unlike some other privileges it is, for the priest, absolutely inviolable (For Catholic priests, pardon for breaking confidence has to come from the Pope, and one of the normal conditions of absolution may be forbidding the priest to ever hear confessions again. History provides numerous examples of priests [[SeriousBusiness going to jail, suffering torture or even choosing death over breaking the confessional seal]]). Often a case of research failure - the seal applies to ''sacramental confessions'', regardless of where the confession is made, and [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19950407/REVIEWS/504070308/1023 does not have anything whatsoever to do with]] whether or not the information was revealed in a confessional ''booth''. See {{Confessional}}. Also, the confession has to be serious, not a criminal sarcastically confessing his crime. If the confessor is not serious about his confession, the priest is not bound to stay silent.
* Doctor-Patient Privilege: Less common in cases of crime. Often can be violated in situations where one person's actions put their well-being or the well-being of another at risk. This comes up a bit more often when the doctor is a psychiatrist or other form of psychotherapist, since the patient's treatment necessarily involves telling the therapist very private information. (Yes, like ''Series/TheSopranos.'')
* Attorney-Client Privilege: Keeping the secret that your client is guilty is often used to show that an attorney is Evil, even if he is just doing what the law requires of him. (Literally. If the client tells the lawyer to shut up, for whatever reason, the lawyer ''must'' shut up; actually, the lawyer has to get the client's permission to ''talk'' about information revealed in confidence unless it falls under one of the numerous but narrow exceptions to the privilege.[[note]]In the US these are: (1) Withholding the information may lead to death or serious bodily injury to someone; (2) The information relates to a future crime/fraud to be committed causing damage to property and the crime/fraud relied on the lawyer's assistance (witting or unwitting); (3) The lawyer needs to reveal the information to keep him/her from breaking another ethical rule; (4) The lawyer needs to reveal the information to defend against a criminal or ethical accusation against him/herself (5) The lawyer is suing the client for unpaid fees and needs to reveal the information to prove damages; (6) The law requires the lawyer to reveal the information (this is rare) (7) The lawyer is joining a new law firm/two law firms are merging and they need to make sure they have no hidden conflicts of interest; and (8) the lawyer is employed by a company and discovers clear evidence of some kind of serious wrongdoing (unless the company is publicly-traded, in which case he/she only needs to find good evidence). As you can see, these aren't applicable all that often; some of them (e.g. #8) are actually quite rare (that one is part of the famous Sarbanes-Oxley Act passed after the whole Enron mess).[[/note]]) This is often the strongest from a narrative point of view as the others are often not recognised by the courts but lawyers are frequently required to remain silent.

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There are several professions where there has traditionally been a certain level of confidence between the professional and the client. Solicitors, clergy clergy, and medical professionals are the most common examples.

Naturally Naturally, this is a very useful tool in fiction. You can have an exposition by the criminal ''and'' put a person in an unimaginably difficult situation, break their code of conduct or allow a criminal to go free. This trope has three main sub-sets:

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* Priest-Penitent Priest–Penitent Privilege: Most often invoked with (or by) [[ChristianityIsCatholic Christians]], this practice exists in many real world real-world religions. There is often scope for conflict between religious and national law law, too, as it is often not recognised in court; yet, yet unlike some other privileges privileges, it is, for the priest, absolutely inviolable (For (for Catholic priests, pardon for breaking confidence has to come from the Pope, UsefulNotes/ThePope, and one of the normal conditions of absolution may be forbidding the priest to from ever hear hearing confessions again. History provides numerous examples of priests [[SeriousBusiness going to jail, suffering torture torture, or even choosing death over breaking the confessional seal]]). Often a case of research failure - the seal applies to ''sacramental confessions'', regardless of where the confession is made, and [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19950407/REVIEWS/504070308/1023 does not have anything whatsoever to do with]] whether or not the information was revealed in a confessional ''booth''. See {{Confessional}}. Also, the confession has to be serious, not a criminal [[SarcasticConfession sarcastically confessing his crime.crime]]. If the confessor is not serious about his confession, the priest is not bound to stay silent.
* Doctor-Patient Doctor–Patient Privilege: Less common in cases of crime. Often can be violated in situations where one person's actions put their well-being or the well-being of another at risk. This comes up a bit more often when the doctor is a psychiatrist or other form of psychotherapist, since the patient's treatment necessarily involves telling the therapist very private information. (Yes, like ''Series/TheSopranos.'')
''Series/TheSopranos''.)
* Attorney-Client Attorney–Client Privilege: Keeping the secret that your client is guilty is often used to show that an attorney is Evil, even if he is just doing what the law requires of him. (Literally. If the client tells the lawyer to shut up, for whatever reason, the lawyer ''must'' shut up; actually, the lawyer has to get the client's permission to ''talk'' about information revealed in confidence unless it falls under one of the numerous but narrow exceptions to the privilege.[[note]]In the US US, these are: (1) Withholding the information may lead to death or serious bodily injury to someone; (2) The information relates to a future crime/fraud to be committed causing damage to property and the crime/fraud relied on the lawyer's assistance (witting or unwitting); (3) The lawyer needs to reveal the information to keep him/her from breaking another ethical rule; (4) The lawyer needs to reveal the information to defend against a criminal or ethical accusation against him/herself him/herself; (5) The lawyer is suing the client for unpaid fees and needs to reveal the information to prove damages; (6) The law requires the lawyer to reveal the information (this is rare) rare); (7) The lawyer is joining a new law firm/two law firms are merging and they need to make sure they have no hidden conflicts of interest; and (8) the lawyer is employed by a company and discovers clear evidence of some kind of serious wrongdoing (unless the company is publicly-traded, publicly traded, in which case he/she only needs to find good evidence). As you can see, these aren't applicable all that often; some of them (e.g. #8) are actually quite rare (that one is part of the famous Sarbanes-Oxley Sarbanes–Oxley Act passed after the whole Enron mess).[[/note]]) This is often the strongest from a narrative point of view view, as the others are often not recognised by the courts but lawyers are frequently required to remain silent.



Similarly to librarians, there is generally no attorney - client privilege for scientists, engineers, architects, etc., who provide data, designs, etc., for pay, but there is usually an contractual obligation to keep the data confidential.

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Similarly to librarians, there is generally no attorney - client privilege for scientists, engineers, architects, etc., who provide data, designs, etc., for pay, but there is usually an a contractual obligation to keep the data confidential.



* Referenced at the beginning of ''Series/TheSopranos'': Tony Soprano's psychiatrist tells him that if he confesses to her any serious crimes, or suggests that someone is in physical danger (eg, that he intends to kill someone), then she is a mandated reporter and has to pass the info on.
** Also they used Doctor-patient privilege to have meetings with Junior in his Doctor's office while he was on trial, since the government could not wiretap the Doctor's office.

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* Referenced at the beginning of ''Series/TheSopranos'': Tony Soprano's psychiatrist tells him that if he confesses to her any serious crimes, crimes or suggests that someone is in physical danger (eg, that he intends to kill someone), then she is a mandated reporter and has to pass the info on.
** Also they used Doctor-patient doctor–patient privilege to have meetings with Junior in his Doctor's doctor's office while he was on trial, since the government could not wiretap the Doctor's doctor's office.



* Non-criminal example in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. [=JD=] is smitten with a girl and unintentionally agrees to treat her boyfriend. He diagnoses a man with an STD and he confesses that he probably got it from a girl he was seeing on the side, then invokes doctor-patient privilege to force JD not to share the diagnosis or the fact that he is cheating. JD has to choose between warning the girlfriend or his professional ethics.
** This is averted in some jurisdictions, as sexually-transmitted diseases need to be reported to the local health authority and/or the patient's sexual partners. In this specific example, the girl and her boyfriend had not had sex yet so JD couldn't use this loophole to tell her anyway. Fortunately, she figures it out before sleeping with the jerk, when her coworker (who her boyfriend slept with) develops the same symptoms and gets diagnosed with Gonorrhea too.

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* Non-criminal example in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. [=JD=] JD is smitten with a girl and unintentionally agrees to treat her boyfriend. He diagnoses a man with an STD and he confesses that he probably got it from a girl he was seeing on the side, then invokes doctor-patient doctor–patient privilege to force JD not to share the diagnosis or the fact that he is cheating. JD has to choose between warning the girlfriend or his professional ethics.
** This is averted in some jurisdictions, as sexually-transmitted sexually transmitted diseases need to be reported to the local health authority and/or the patient's sexual partners. In this specific example, the girl and her boyfriend had not had sex yet yet, so JD couldn't use this loophole to tell her anyway. Fortunately, she figures it out before sleeping with the jerk, when her coworker (who her boyfriend slept with) develops the same symptoms and gets diagnosed with Gonorrhea Gonorrhea, too.



* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', Ethan Mars' shrink initially refuses to talk to the police, citing doctor-patient privilege. Detective Blake, a definite Bad Cop, just beats it out of him, and the stuff from Ethan's psychic evaluations turns out to be pretty damning.

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* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', Ethan Mars' shrink initially refuses to talk to the police, citing doctor-patient doctor–patient privilege. Detective Blake, a definite Bad Cop, just beats it out of him, and the stuff from Ethan's psychic evaluations turns out to be pretty damning.



* Part of the ending of ''Film/PrimalFear'': [[spoiler:A murderer who escaped justice boasts to his lawyer that he committed the crime but the lawyer can't tell anyone else because of attorney-client privilege.]]
* ''Film/AndJusticeForAll'' involves a lawyer being politically blackmailed into defending a judge (who he despises) who's been accused of beating and raping a young woman. [[spoiler:At one point the judge confesses to the crime.]]

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* Part of the ending of ''Film/PrimalFear'': [[spoiler:A murderer who escaped justice boasts to his lawyer that he committed the crime but the lawyer can't tell anyone else because of attorney-client attorney–client privilege.]]
* ''Film/AndJusticeForAll'' involves a lawyer being politically blackmailed into defending a judge (who he despises) who's been accused of beating and raping a young woman. [[spoiler:At one point point, the judge confesses to the crime.]]



* One episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' has a lawyer who refuses to reveal the location of his client's victims' bodies. At first it seems like he wants to avoid introducing evidence that would damn his client. Then the client is convicted and they assume he doesn't want to get in trouble for break privilege or is trying to impress his bosses. So they have a judge tell him point blank he won't be arrested unless he doesn't tell them. [[spoiler:It turns out that he really doesn't want to break attorney-client privilege on principle, and he goes to jail for contempt of court.]]

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* One episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' has a lawyer who refuses to reveal the location of his client's victims' bodies. At first it seems like he wants to avoid introducing evidence that would damn his client. Then the client is convicted and they assume he doesn't want to get in trouble for break privilege or is trying to impress his bosses. So they have a judge tell him point blank he won't be arrested unless he doesn't tell them. [[spoiler:It turns out that he really doesn't want to break attorney-client attorney–client privilege on principle, and he goes to jail for contempt of court.]]



--> '''Bartlet''': Well, Oliver, it really boils down to this... I'm going to tell you a story, and then I need you to tell me whether or not I've engaged 16 people in a massive criminal conspiracy to defraud the public in order to win a presidential election.
--> '''Oliver''': Okay. [...] Okay sir, uh... before we go any further, there's something that I want to make sure is absolutely clear.
--> '''Bartlet''': What's that?
--> '''Oliver''': You and I don't enjoy attorney/client privilege.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Neal exploits this when he gets framed and arrested in season 1. Since his attorney is his partner in crime Mozzie, they can use attorney-client privilege to keep the FBI from monitoring them while they plot Neal's escape.
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', shady attorney Saul invokes this trope by having his kidnappers give him a dollar so that they become his clients. However, once he becomes a partner in their criminal enterprise, they are no longer protected by attorney-client privilege which he fails to mention to them. It is implied that Walt and Jessie do not really know much about the law.
* On ''Series/{{Suits}}'' Mike faces a dilemma when a client confesses to him that he was stoned when he hit and killed someone with his car. Mike has just secured the client a nice plea bargain on the assumption that the death was purely accidental. Mike's parents were killed by a drunk driver and his conscience won't let him keep quiet about what he knows and thus sabotaging the deal. This one is incidentally OK, since a plea bargain is conducted in court: a failure to report the information would violate Mike's duty to be honest to the tribunal, and would also possibly be suborning perjury (i.e. allowing someone to lie to the court). Of course, Mike isn't actually a lawyer anyway...

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--> '''Bartlet''': -->'''Bartlet''': Well, Oliver, it really boils down to this... I'm going to tell you a story, and then I need you to tell me whether or not I've engaged 16 people in a massive criminal conspiracy to defraud the public in order to win a presidential election.
--> '''Oliver''': -->'''Oliver''': Okay. [...] Okay sir, uh... before we go any further, there's something that I want to make sure is absolutely clear.
--> '''Bartlet''': -->'''Bartlet''': What's that?
--> '''Oliver''': -->'''Oliver''': You and I don't enjoy attorney/client attorney–client privilege.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Neal exploits this when he gets framed and arrested in season 1. Since his attorney is his partner in crime Mozzie, they can use attorney-client attorney–client privilege to keep the FBI from monitoring them while they plot Neal's escape.
* In ''Series/BreakingBad'', shady attorney Saul invokes this trope by having his kidnappers give him a dollar so that they become his clients. However, once he becomes a partner in their criminal enterprise, they are no longer protected by attorney-client attorney–client privilege which he fails to mention to them. It is implied that Walt and Jessie do not really know much about the law.
* On ''Series/{{Suits}}'' Mike faces a dilemma when a client confesses to him that he was stoned when he hit and killed someone with his car. Mike has just secured the client a nice plea bargain on the assumption that the death was purely accidental. Mike's parents were killed by a drunk driver and his conscience won't let him keep quiet about what he knows and thus sabotaging the deal. This one is incidentally OK, since a plea bargain is conducted in court: a failure to report the information would violate Mike's duty to be honest to the tribunal, and would also possibly be suborning perjury (i.e. allowing someone to lie to the court). Of course, Mike isn't actually a lawyer anyway...anyway…



* In ''Series/TheGoodWife'', Alicia is asked to represent Jonas Stern, the founder of the law firm where she works. Stern intends to represent himself and only use Alicia as a front. In the course of the trial, Alicia discovers that DUI and battery charges were, in fact, not caused by drunkenness but by dementia. Stern forbids her from revealing this in court and invokes attorney-client privilege to keep this a secret from his two senior partners, knowing that one of them wants to force him out. Alicia manages to get the case dropped by getting the arresting officer to admit that the breathalizer test he administered to Stern at the time of the arrest was negative. Stern returns in a later episode and is annoyed when Alicia innocently asks how he's feeling. He threatens to sue her if she violates the privilege, but she replies that it was a normal, everyday question. This ends up being moot when [[spoiler:he dies some episodes later from a heart attack]].
* One episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has a marine suspected for murder (His vehicle was used in a hit and run killing) tell his attorney that he couldn't have done it because at the time of the accident he was miles away stabbing someone to death. The attorney is unable to inform Gibbs of this because of client-attorney confidentiality, but does deliberately give Gibbs a lead by calling him to say that her client's unstated alibi checks out while standing across the street from the scene of the murder the man ''did'' commit. She also deliberately uses a pay phone, knowing that the unknown number will look suspicious and cause Gibbs to trace the call.
* In ''Series/LALaw'', Ann defends a psychiatrist in a negligence suit concerning one of his clients who was convicted of murder. In the course of the trial, she realizes that the accused man couldn't be guilty, and asks her client if he knows who else might have done it. In order to prevent her from re-opening the investigation, he confesses that ''he'' did it, at which point attorney-client privilege ties her hands. She consults with a retired DA friend, who correctly tells her she can't do anything without getting herself disbarred and her whole firm sued. He, on the other hand, is both retired and terminally ill, and sends the story to the newspapers without her knowledge or consent, thus bringing all the consequences on himself.
* The main case in ''Series/{{Reckless}}'' is that of a former female cop suing a local police department for wrongful termination. DaChief fires her after explicit videos of her sleeping with a bunch of other (male) cops surface on the Internet. The whole thing looks like a deliberate set-up by the cops, specifically one particular detective, her regular lover. Evidence is found that the video was taken while she was under the influence of drugs, which she doesn't remember taking. At the very end, it's revealed that the girl deliberately engineered the whole situation (even dosing herself for the video and then emailing the video) in order to sue the department and get a lot of money. When her lawyer confronts her, the girl only mildly wonders why the lawyer took so long to figure it out and tells the lawyer that attorney-client privilege means the lawyer has to proceed as before.

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* In ''Series/TheGoodWife'', Alicia is asked to represent Jonas Stern, the founder of the law firm where she works. Stern intends to represent himself and only use Alicia as a front. In the course of the trial, Alicia discovers that DUI and battery charges were, in fact, not caused by drunkenness but by dementia. Stern forbids her from revealing this in court and invokes attorney-client attorney–client privilege to keep this a secret from his two senior partners, knowing that one of them wants to force him out. Alicia manages to get the case dropped by getting the arresting officer to admit that the breathalizer breathalyzer test he administered to Stern at the time of the arrest was negative. Stern returns in a later episode and is annoyed when Alicia innocently asks how he's feeling. He threatens to sue her if she violates the privilege, but she replies that it was a normal, everyday question. This ends up being moot when [[spoiler:he dies some episodes later from a heart attack]].
* One episode of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' has a marine suspected for murder (His (his vehicle was used in a hit and run killing) tell his attorney that he couldn't have done it because at the time of the accident he was miles away stabbing someone to death. The attorney is unable to inform Gibbs of this because of client-attorney client–attorney confidentiality, but does deliberately give Gibbs a lead by calling him to say that her client's unstated alibi checks out while standing across the street from the scene of the murder the man ''did'' commit. She also deliberately uses a pay phone, knowing that the unknown number will look suspicious and cause Gibbs to trace the call.
* In ''Series/LALaw'', Ann defends a psychiatrist in a negligence suit concerning one of his clients who was convicted of murder. In the course of the trial, she realizes that the accused man couldn't be guilty, and asks her client if he knows who else might have done it. In order to prevent her from re-opening the investigation, he confesses that ''he'' did it, at which point attorney-client attorney–client privilege ties her hands. She consults with a retired DA friend, who correctly tells her she can't do anything without getting herself disbarred and her whole firm sued. He, on the other hand, is both retired and terminally ill, and sends the story to the newspapers without her knowledge or consent, thus bringing all the consequences on himself.
* The main case in ''Series/{{Reckless}}'' is that of a former female cop suing a local police department for wrongful termination. DaChief fires her after explicit videos of her sleeping with a bunch of other (male) cops surface on the Internet. The whole thing looks like a deliberate set-up by the cops, specifically one particular detective, her regular lover. Evidence is found that the video was taken while she was under the influence of drugs, which she doesn't remember taking. At the very end, it's revealed that the girl deliberately engineered the whole situation (even dosing herself for the video and then emailing the video) in order to sue the department and get a lot of money. When her lawyer confronts her, the girl only mildly wonders why the lawyer took so long to figure it out and tells the lawyer that attorney-client attorney–client privilege means the lawyer has to proceed as before.



* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' ran into this, where [[spoiler: one of the protagonist's clients actually is guilty and admits it, but the hero can't tell anyone. The assassin who was hired by Engarde kidnapped Maya and threatened to kill her if Phoenix didn't get Engarde off the hook]], so he couldn't say anything even if he was allowed to, or even drop the case.

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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' ran into this, where [[spoiler: one [[spoiler:one of the protagonist's clients actually is guilty and admits it, but the hero can't tell anyone. The assassin who was hired by Engarde kidnapped Maya and threatened to kill her if Phoenix didn't get Engarde off the hook]], so he couldn't say anything even if he was allowed to, or even drop the case.



* In Anne Mason's Kira Warden books, translators can be put on "sector status" by some government officials; revealing anything they were told under that status is punishable by death, both for the translator and the person they told (meant as a protection against someone coercing the translator to talk). A large part of ''The Stolen Law'' revolves around Kira choosing to violate sector status rather than allow a murder, and [[spoiler: eventually discovering that the translations of the law were manipulated to conceal exceptions in the law for such cases]].

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* In Anne Mason's Kira Warden books, translators can be put on "sector status" by some government officials; revealing anything they were told under that status is punishable by death, both for the translator and the person they told (meant as a protection against someone coercing the translator to talk). A large part of ''The Stolen Law'' revolves around Kira choosing to violate sector status rather than allow a murder, and [[spoiler: eventually [[spoiler:eventually discovering that the translations of the law were manipulated to conceal exceptions in the law for such cases]].



2nd Apr '16 6:57:19 PM WillKeaton
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* A new law in Ireland specifically requiring priests to report ''any and all'' confessions of sex abuse to the police, regardless of canon law, is causing some [[http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Irish-priests-say-they-will-disobey-new-confession-box-law-on-child-abuse-149029005.html ruckus]].

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* A new law in Ireland specifically requiring priests to report ''any and all'' confessions of sex abuse to the police, regardless of canon law, is causing some [[http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Irish-priests-say-they-will-disobey-new-confession-box-law-on-child-abuse-149029005.html ruckus]].ruckus.]]
27th Mar '16 7:31:52 AM JackG
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* ''A Prayer for the Dying'', a novel by Jack Higgins (later turned into a movie) is about an ex-IRA terrorist whose contract killing is witnessed by a priest. Rather than kill this witness, the killer simply goes round to his church and confesses, knowing the priest will have to keep silent. Unfortunately the crime boss who set up the assassination doesn't believe that the priest will keep his mouth shut, leading to an inevitable conflict.
* In the sci-fi spoof novel ''Literature/BillTheGalacticHero'' by Creator/HarryHarrison, Bill goes to see the ship's chaplain, who also doubles as the laundry officer as there's not much call for a chaplain on a warship. Bill says that he thinks one of his crewmates is a spy. The chaplain downplays Bill's suspicions and promises to keep the confession a secret, but as soon as it's time to become the laundry officer again he calls the [=MPs=].


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* ''Series/{{Oz}}''. Father Mukada has to hastily caution the sister of a crime boss when she explains that she's going to visit her brother and have him do some damage to her boyfriend, as they're not in confession but having a casual conversation on the bus.
* ''Series/TheEqualizer''. A Polish terrorist confesses to the planned assassination of a Soviet diplomat, then is gunned down on the steps of the church. The priest tries to avert the assassination without revealing how he came to the knowledge. At one stage [=McCall=] and Kostmeyer (the priest's brother, who knows ''something'' is wrong but not what) ask another priest what someone in that situation could do if they found out about, say, a bomb in a theatre. The priest says: "He could ring the fire alarm, but couldn't tell anyone why. He shouldn't even let anyone see him doing it."
27th Mar '16 7:26:08 AM JackG
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* The protagonist of ''Series/{{Wiseguy}}'', Vinnie Terranova, has a brother Pete who's a Catholic priest, so is the only one with whom he can break his cover because of the seal of the confessional. The priest-hears-of-an-impending-murder plot also gets used.
24th Dec '15 11:53:32 AM smalltime
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* In the ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' episode "Confession", the killer framed a priest for his crime and then confessed the crime to the priest just before he was arrested so he couldn't tell anyone.

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* In the ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' episode "Confession", the killer framed a priest for his crime and then confessed the crime to the priest just before he was arrested so he couldn't tell anyone.arrested.
24th Dec '15 11:50:22 AM smalltime
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* In the ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' episode "Confession" the killer confesses to a priest and then [[SilentScapegoat frames the same priest for the crime]].

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* In the ''Series/DiagnosisMurder'' episode "Confession" "Confession", the killer confesses to framed a priest and then [[SilentScapegoat frames the same priest for his crime and then confessed the crime]].crime to the priest just before he was arrested so he couldn't tell anyone.
28th Oct '15 12:29:33 PM FF32
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* In ''HeavyRain'', Ethan Mars' shrink initially refuses to talk to the police, citing doctor-patient privilege. Detective Blake, a definite Bad Cop, just beats it out of him, and the stuff from Ethan's psychic evaluations turns out to be pretty damning.

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* In ''HeavyRain'', ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', Ethan Mars' shrink initially refuses to talk to the police, citing doctor-patient privilege. Detective Blake, a definite Bad Cop, just beats it out of him, and the stuff from Ethan's psychic evaluations turns out to be pretty damning.
30th Sep '15 9:05:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Happens in OsamuTezuka's ''{{MW}}'', where Michio taunts Garai by confessing to many of his more horrible misdeeds in church.

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* Happens in OsamuTezuka's ''{{MW}}'', Creator/OsamuTezuka's ''Manga/{{MW}}'', where Michio taunts Garai by confessing to many of his more horrible misdeeds in church.



* During JohnOstrander's run on ''TheSpectre,'' Jim Corrigan (the Spectre's mortal guise) goes to confession to talk about his troubles judging the guilty. The priest tries to talk him through it, but the Spectre ends up deciding he needs to judge ''the whole world.'' Afterwards, the authorities try to get the priest to break confidentiality, since the whole planet might be in danger, and the priest refuses outright.

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* During JohnOstrander's Creator/JohnOstrander's run on ''TheSpectre,'' ''ComicBook/TheSpectre,'' Jim Corrigan (the Spectre's mortal guise) goes to confession to talk about his troubles judging the guilty. The priest tries to talk him through it, but the Spectre ends up deciding he needs to judge ''the whole world.'' Afterwards, the authorities try to get the priest to break confidentiality, since the whole planet might be in danger, and the priest refuses outright.



* This is the central plot of Creator/AlfredHitchcock's film ''IConfess''.

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* This is the central plot of Creator/AlfredHitchcock's film ''IConfess''.''Film/IConfess''.



* In ''EarthTheBook'' this is double subverted. There is a transcript of a confession where the person confesses to: speeding, a hit-and-run, hitting a cop in the hit-and-run, robbing a bank, and murdering people in the robbery. This causes the priest lots of discomfort. It seems completely played straight, until you realize it was transcribed. This is lampshaded, saying the transcriptions were for 'insurance purposes.'

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* In ''EarthTheBook'' ''Literature/EarthTheBook'' this is double subverted. There is a transcript of a confession where the person confesses to: speeding, a hit-and-run, hitting a cop in the hit-and-run, robbing a bank, and murdering people in the robbery. This causes the priest lots of discomfort. It seems completely played straight, until you realize it was transcribed. This is lampshaded, saying the transcriptions were for 'insurance purposes.'
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