Attorney-Client Privilege Bill Introduced In House

Law360, New York (December 21, 2009, 6:34 PM EST) -- Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, D-Va., has introduced a bill designed to prevent the government from using “coercive waivers” to gain access to information that would otherwise remain private under the attorney-client privilege doctrine.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently issued revised corporate prosecution guidelines to address this exact concern. But the guidelines do not govern agencies outside the DOJ, and the entire executive branch should be bound by the same policy, according to Scott.

“The federal government needs to have a uniform policy respecting the...
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