The New York State Bar Association Committee on Professional Ethics recently issued Ethics Opinion 1084.  NYSBA Comm. on Prof’l Ethics, Op. 1084 (2016).  The opinion states that where a defense attorney obtained information from a client that appears to exonerate a co-defendant, that information continues to be protected as confidential after the client’s death.  However, authorization to disclose confidential information may have been expressed by the client or may be implied when the disclosure is consistent with the client’s best interests and is reasonable under the circumstances.