The attorney-client privilege in The Justice System, which ensures that a client can honestly communicate with an attorney in seeking advice and aid, is a cornerstone of the U.S. legal system. The privilege generally prevents an attorney from being compelled or even voluntarily disclosing information conveyed in confidence by a client for the purpose of seeking legal counsel.
Today, former federal prosecutor John Freeman was quoted in the Detroit Free Press regarding one of his client's who has been named in an on-going investigation involving Wayne County politics and County Executive Robert Ficano.Mr. Freeman commented regarding his client QTI, "Quantum is a legitimate business operating in the state of Michigan since 1998...Quantum was originally founded with the mission of providing cost-effective solutions for technology. Quantum, and its owner, Najwa Fakhouri, are not engaged in criminal activity. Furthermore, Quantum and Ms. Fakhouri intend to fully cooperate with the authorities in the event they are asked to do so."
A few hours ago, the Justice Department announced charges against a former BP engineer who allegedly government investigation in connection with the massive Deepwater Horizon disaster.The former engineer's alleged criminal actions - deleting text messages between himself and his boss. The alleged crimes - Obstruction of Justice.This recent development in the government investigation highlights that when it comes to the government's interpretation of ones conduct in the workplace, nothing is private. This includes text messages, e-mails, memos, and other items between employer and employee that at one time may have been viewed as confidential.
Last year, the Department of Health and Human Services said it would start invoking a seldom-used policy under the Social Security Act against pharmaceutical executives. The policy allows for corporate leaders in the health care industry to be banned from doing business with the government if the drug company is guilty of criminal misconduct.
Within the past few years, police and FBI have been gathering data from telephone companies that revealed the locations of customers' cell phones-- either in real-time or after the fact. The prosecutors said they needed the data to track drug traffickers and even corrupt officials, but some federal magistrates were troubled by the requests and refused to sign off on the orders.