RI AG, US Atty Spar In 1st Circ. Over Privilege Question

Law360, Boston (July 23, 2018, 3:53 PM EDT) -- If Rhode Island is forced to cooperate with a grand jury subpoena as part of an investigation by federal prosecutors, it would "obliterate" attorney-client privilege for government employees, the state told the First Circuit on Monday during oral arguments in a matter that could break new ground in the relationship between public employees and government lawyers.

Neil Kelly, an assistant attorney general for the Ocean State's civil division, told the panel the information sought by the U.S. attorney's office falls within the bounds of protected communications between a government lawyer and a government employee, since no public official is accused of...

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