Names Of State-Paid Attys' Clients Can Be Disclosed: Pa. Court

Law360, New York (April 24, 2013, 8:56 PM EDT) -- Resolving a conflict between the attorney-client privilege and Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law, the state's high court ruled Wednesday that the privilege does not protect the identities of state Senate Democratic caucus employees whose legal representation was paid for by the Senate.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the employees' names should be disclosed to a reporter for The Associated Press who was investigating a corruption scandal because disclosure would not “reveal information otherwise protected by the attorney-client privilege, thus undermining the privilege’s purpose of encouraging open communication between...
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