Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Importance of the Attorney-Client Privilege

John Wagner of the Washington Post has an article titled, Ethics Counsel Testimony Is Sought in Currie Probe. It is an important investigative piece as it reports on a subpoena that was served on the Maryland legislature's ethics counsel.  The federal investigation appears to involve Senator Ulysses Currie and the feds seem to want attorney-client privileged material of the ethics counsel.  It is hard to imagine that federal prosecutors would not realize the ramifications of such a move.  Once you start subpoenaing testimony from an ethics counsel, individuals will stop seeking the advice of that counsel.  The net result will be less compliance with the law. 

(esp) (hat tip to Neal R. Sonnett)


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