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Strong Support for Privilege Bill

Posted Jul 26, 2007 9:29 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Supporters predict that legislation to protect attorney-client privilege in corporate probes could pass by the end of a year.

Bills introduced in the House and Senate have strong bipartisan backing, the National Law Journal reports. The measures would bar federal prosecutors from requiring waiver of attorney-client and work-product protections in exchange for leniency. They also would not allow prosecutors to pressure companies to cut off legal fees of employees under investigation.

ABA President Karen J. Mathis applauds the legislation.

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