When is it right to reveal a confidence?
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(07-27-2011, 09:17 PM)Someone1776 Wrote:
(07-27-2011, 09:11 PM)DesperatelySeeking Wrote: If you give somebody your word to keep a secret, you're bound by your word....even if circumstances change or if the other person deceived you.

But, what if Mr. X made me take an oath that I would not reveal that he was going to make a surprise visit his estranged wife....and she was then subsequently found murdered.  Would I not be obligated to reveal what I know to the authorities?

Under the law, yes.  Force Majeure.  Plus it's your obligation as a citizen.  Private verbal agreement to keep a secret would be superseded.  But you could still remain silent under oath in court, if you chose to accept the consequences of that action.
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Re: When is it right to reveal a confidence? - by DesperatelySeeking - 07-27-2011, 09:22 PM



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