My question involves malpractice by a lawyer in the state of: New York
I'm one of two plaintiffs in a suit vs a major corporation. My attorney pressured the 2nd plaintiff into lying at the deposition so the 2nd plaintiff lied. I discovered the lies when I read the deposition transcripts.
My deposition is coming up next week. I don't want to lie because I don't want to have to keep the lies and the facts all straight in my head. In addition, the lies don't even benefit my case. I also don't want these lies to "come out" in the trial (if there is one) so I'd rather blow the whistle now.
What do I do?
Should I seek out another attorney before the deposition to notify the judge of the unethical behavior of the 1st attorney? Money is nonexistent and my current attorney already has a $10k retainer. Before this incident, I'd already felt strongly that my attorney was not looking out for my interests and was not providing the best representation they were capable of providing. Can I get the retainer refunded because the attorney asked the 2nd plaintiff to commit perjury?
OR Should I go to the deposition but let my attorney know that I will admit that the 1st plaintiff lied due to pressure applied by the attorney? I don't imagine my attorney will be happy but I will not jeopardize my case any further by lying to cover up other lies. This option will be the most stressful since I will have to "face" my attorney in that hostile environment and I'm not really someone who likes to be in those types of difficult situations.
Any other options anyone can think of?
Any help in the right direction would be appreciated.