Monday, July 31, 2006
According to the Washington Post here, Rep. William Jefferson is entitled to review items seized by the government prior to the government obtaining the documents. Jefferson will be given the opportunity to claim whether materials are within the legislative privilege. Previously, the court held that there was no constitutional violation by the government's seizure of these documents (see post here). Placing this limit on the government may not materially effect the evidence the government receives, but it certainly lets the government know that there will be limits to the actions that it takes.