Wednesday, November 14, 2007

House passes attorney-client privilege measure

The House of Representatives has passed the Attorney-Client Protection Act of 2007, sponsored by Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., to protect conversations between attorneys and clients under investigation, reports The Daily Press.

Scott said the bill was needed to prevent strong-arm tactics by prosecutors toward those under investigation. Memos from the Justice Department counseled prosecutors to bring charges against "uncooperative" companies. But "uncooperative" included those companies that refused to waive privilege and turn over confidential information, according to Scott.

H.R. 3013 now goes to the Senate. Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., has sponsored identical legislation in the upper house.

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