Ex-U.S. Attorneys Back Attorney-Client Privilege Bill

Law360, New York (June 23, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- More than 30 former federal prosecutors have urged U.S. Senate leaders to bring to a vote a bill aimed at protecting communications between attorneys and their corporate clients.

In a letter to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the former U.S. attorneys say that the Attorney Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007 is necessary to stop a current practice amongst federal prosecutors and government agencies of pressuring companies to waive their attorney-client privilege in exchange for more lenient treatment.

“The attorney-client privilege,...
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