DOJ Slow To Shield Lawyer-Client Privilege: Senator

Law360, New York (July 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Justice Department's recent letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee announcing plans to revamp prosecution of corporate crimes prompted an immediate response from one Republican lawmaker who called its protections for attorney-client privilege “unsatisfactorily vague.”

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter ( R-Pa.) — who is sponsoring the Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act — is asking for a revision of the controversial “McNulty Memo” of 2006 that includes exceptions to attorney-client privilege.

In response to a July 9 letter from Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, Specter wrote, “The...
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