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By Jack King
NACDL News columns.
Specter Sponsors Favorable Attorney-Client Privilege Bill
In an attempt to get the U.S. Department of Justice to
fulfill its promise to cease coercive interference with attorney-client
relationships in corporate investigations, the outgoing chairman of the
Senate Judiciary Committee introduced a lame-duck bill aimed at curbing
those practices. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) held a press conference Dec.
7 to announce introduction of the Attorney-Client Privilege Protection
Act with representatives of the Coalition to Protect the Attorney-Client
Privilege. The coalition, which the Washington Post has called the
“strange bedfellows” group, includes the National Association of
Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Bar Association, the Association
of Corporate Counsel, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the ACLU.
“The legislation will prohibit the Department of
Justice from soliciting a waiver of the attorney-client privilege,”
Specter said. “It will further change the
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