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Strengthen—PR. The correct answer choice is (B)
Your task in this Strengthen question is to select the answer containing a rule that best supports the
judge’s conclusion that the plaintiff’s request, to question each defendant without their codefendants
or their codefendants’ legal counsel present, cannot be granted. The judge reached that decision
based on the fact that two of the codefendants share the same legal counsel, and that the court will
not order any defendant to find new legal counsel.
The court’s reliance on the shared legal counsel to deny the plaintiff’s request implies that each
defendant must have the right to the presence of their own legal counsel during questioning. Your
prephrase is that the correct answer will provide a rule that a defendant has the right to have legal
counsel present during questioning.
The incorrect answers will each contain a principle that fails to support the conclusion, either
because it has no effect or because it undermines the conclusion.
Answer choice (A): This choice has no impact on the conclusion, which had nothing to do with the
forced disclosure of information.
Answer choice (B): This is the correct answer choice. Since two defendants share legal counsel, it
would be impossible for each defendant to enjoy the right of counsel during questioning while also
granting the plaintiff’s request that the defendants be questioned without any codefendant’s counsel
Answer choice (C): This choice has no effect on the conclusion, because the issue of a person
refusing to answer questions during a legal proceeding was not before the court.
Answer choice (D): As with (A) and (C), this choice has no effect on the conclusion, because there
was no question in the stimulus of granting a right to the plaintiff that would be denied the plaintiff.
Any right at issue would pertain to the right to counsel, and there is no indication regarding the legal
counsel status of the plaintiff.
Answer choice (E): Once again, since the right of defendant’s legal counsel to question the plaintiff
was not at issue, this choice has no effect on the conclusion.