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January /February 2007 , Page 6 

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By Jack King

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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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