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Attorney Client Privilege Preempts Records Law, Massachusetts Court Rules

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· Story link The Massachusetts Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, ruled that attorney-client privilege is a “fundamental component” of…

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The Massachusetts Supreme Court, in a unanimous opinion, ruled that attorney-client privilege is a “fundamental component” of the law and preempts disclosure provisions in the state’s public records statutes. The court said it is in the public interest that public employees and officials be able to consult with counsel in “complete candor, without inhibitions arising from fear that what they communicate will be disclosed to the world.” (7/24/07)