Attorney-Client Privilege

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Attorney-client privilege is a legal concept that keeps confidential the communications between a person and his or her attorney. At issue in the case of Sen. Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George's) is whether the ethics counsel for the Maryland General Assembly is in effect Currie's attorney.

Federal prosecutors in the Currie case are seeking testimony and documents from the ethics counsel. The state attorney general's office argues that under Maryland law, the ethics counsel has a confidential attorney-client relationship with legislators, so he cannot be required to provide information to prosecutors about his communications with Currie.

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