Sunday, July 15, 2007

Attorney-Client Privilege Bill Picking Up Support

Initially it was Senator Arlen Specter's bill (S 186) in the Senate that stood alone, asking to provide additional protection to the attorney-client privilege.  But as of last week, the House also has a similar bill circulating.  There is bi-partisan support on the bill authorship, with the new bill being introduced by Representatives Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Randy Forbes (R-VA).  The house version matches the proposed legislation in the Senate.  In commenting on this new bill, ABA President Karen Mathis stated,

In so doing, it strikes the proper balance between the legitimate needs of prosecutors and regulators and the constitutional and fundamental legal rights of individuals and organizations.  The American Bar Association strongly urges Congress to approve this critical legislation as soon as possible.

Many support the house bill (see NACDL).


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