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Attorney-Client Privilege

Folks on the criminal defense side of the aisle demand absolute sanctity for the interaction between defense lawyers and defendants.  The reality, though, is that some abuse the privilege.  Henry K. Lee reports in the SF Chron:

An attorney was arrested for allegedly smuggling drugs to an inmate at the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City, authorities said Wednesday.

Erika Jordening, 43, of Pacifica passed an unspecified drug in pill form to Aaron Rauls, 43, at the Maguire Correctional Facility on Bradford Street on Tuesday, said San Mateo County sheriff's Lt. Larry Schumaker.

The alleged transaction occurred during a confidential attorney-client meeting, Schumaker said.
The special privilege that attorneys get to visit prisoners confidentially demands special accountability when the privilege is abused.  If the allegations are true, Jordening should be permanently disbarred and permanently banned from visiting any correctional facility.  Let her make her living driving a cab.


It seems unlikely that anything will ever top this escapade for an abuse of the privilege to visit prisoners confidentially:


Would you call that "counsel with benefits"?

Still, I think the top (bottom?) prize goes to Lynne Stewart, the message-smuggling lawyer for terrorist Omar Abdel Rahman.


I have to agree that Stewart takes the prize, but Olson deserves a special award for the "OMG" factor.

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