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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.

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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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