March 21, 1988 |
When federal agents raided the Camden County law offices of Console, Marmero, LiVolsi & Wood, seizing business records, client information and more than 400 case files, they opened a constitutional can of worms. As the agents hauled away cartons of the law firm's records, they fueled a growing controversy about the investigative techniques used by law-enforcement authorities and what some experts say is a steady erosion of attorney-client privilege. With increasing frequency, lawyers, particularly those specializing in criminal defense, are becoming targets of grand jury subpoenas, search-and- seizure warrants, wiretap orders and other techniques used to gather evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
December 20, 2013 |
Pennsylvania State University waived its attorney-client privilege last year so its former attorney could testify against three top university officials under investigation in the alleged cover-up of reports of child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky, according to newly unsealed court records. Cynthia Baldwin, who has emerged as a central witness in the case against former president Graham B. Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley, was present in 2011 when the men testified to a grand jury investigating Sandusky.
June 26, 1998 |
In a sharp defeat for independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, the Supreme Court blocked him yesterday from obtaining a lawyer's notes that Starr said he needed for his criminal investigation of Hillary Rodham Clinton. The notes were written by a private lawyer about his meeting with deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster in 1993 shortly before Foster killed himself. Starr wanted them as evidence of whether Hillary Clinton lied when she said she played no role in a 1993 purge of personnel in the White House travel office.
June 8, 1998 |
You or a member of your family has legal trouble. So you see a lawyer. The lawyer tells you, as attorneys have told clients for centuries, that everything you say will be held in the strictest confidence. "But when you die," the lawyer adds, "I could be forced to provide embarrassing or even incriminating testimony in a criminal investigation or trial, perhaps of a friend or relative of yours, if a judge decides that what you tell me is important to the prosecution. Now tell me the whole story so I can do my best for you. " That hypothetical warning could become commonplace if independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, who has a string of lower-court victories in his investigation of President Clinton and his wife, Hillary, also wins in a Supreme Court case to be argued today.
June 30, 1998 |
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr told a federal appeals court yesterday that presidential confidant Bruce Lindsey should be forced to testify before a grand jury, despite his claim of attorney-client privilege. The three judges asked tough questions of both Starr and lawyers for the White House and the Justice Department before the hearing adjourned behind closed doors. The judges are hearing the White House's appeal of Chief U.S. District Judge Norma Holloway Johnson's ruling that the needs of the grand jury investigation outweighed any privilege between Lindsey, the deputy White House counsel, and his client, President Clinton.
December 11, 1990 |
Former Philadelphia defense lawyer Linda Backiel yesterday was imprisoned indefinitely for civil contempt after she refused to testify before a federal grand jury in a bail-jumping investigation of self-described revolutionary Elizabeth Ann Duke. During a hearing before U.S. District Judge Charles R. Weiner, Backiel said she was refusing to testify as a matter of principle. "I will go to jail with my conscience," she said. As she was led away by federal marshals, Backiel received a standing ovation from a group of about 25 supporters, and she blew them all a kiss on her way out of the courtroom.
March 5, 1998 |
Displaying his knack for aggressive prosecution, independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr is trying to pry open the confidential relationship between an attorney and his client. Specifically, Starr has subpoenaed records in the possession of Francis Carter, an attorney who briefly represented Monica S. Lewinsky before her current lawyer. During a closed-door hearing that lasted more than two hours yesterday, Carter's lawyers tried to quash the subpoena, arguing that it would violate the attorney-client relationship.
April 7, 1998 |
Giving a victory to independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, the Supreme Court agreed yesterday to speed up its hearing of a case that Starr says is important to his investigation of the Clinton administration. Reversing themselves, the justices said they would hear arguments June 8 - not next term - on whether a lawyer for White House deputy counsel Vincent Foster must surrender his notes taken before Foster killed himself. The lawyer has argued that attorney-client privilege means the notes can be kept secret even though the client has died.
July 2, 1986 |
A lawyer cannot help a fugitive client escape trial by hiding behind the attorney-client privilege, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The high court reinstated a contempt order against Philadelphia lawyer Holly Maguigan, issued in 1983 after she refused to reveal where her missing client, Carlos Aquino, was living. Aquino had been scheduled for trial on rape charges. The district attorney's office had tried to force Maguigan to provide the "address and phone number" of her client, but she claimed the information would require her to violate the attorney-client privilege.
November 23, 2012 |
The attorneys for former Pennsylvania State University administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz do not want the former university lawyer who testified against their clients anywhere near the witness stand at next month's preliminary hearing on charges they covered up abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky. The defense has moved to preclude Cynthia Baldwin from testifying and filed the court papers this week in Harrisburg. They expect prosecutors from the Attorney General's Office to seek to have her testify at the preliminary hearing Dec. 13. Curley and Schultz face charges of perjury and failure to report abuse and are set for trial in January.