Historical research and reporting in support of litigation should not strain professional ethics. Lawyers expect expert witnesses to offer sound and reasonable opinions that are supported by the evidence. Although attorneys must be advocates, good ones realize that experts should not stretch their conclusions to fit the case. Litigation can place restrictions on reporting one's findings, but the public historian must work within the constraints of the judicial system and honor its ethical boundaries. Where possible, the historian should share findings based on publicly accessible documents. Research must be done in line with the highest standards. This works to the benefit of the historian and the legal team. Although there may be two sets of ethical standards, they are not fundamentally at odds.
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