Help Save Attorney Client Privilege In Texas

The Court of Criminal Appeals is moving to abolish the special rule of criminal attorney-client privilege. This would leave defendants with a much weaker protection currently only used in civil cases.

Here is the law COCA is seeking to abolish-
Texas Rule of Evidence 503(b)(2)

(2) Special rule of privilege in criminal cases. In criminal cases, a client has a privilege to prevent the lawyer or lawyer’s representative from disclosing any other fact which came to the knowledge of the lawyer or the lawyer’s representative by reason of the attorney-client relationship.

The Court of Criminal Appeals has ruled (see their proposal here) that this protection will be deleted on September 1st, 2008. COCA has made this decision without any public input. The Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association was only notified of this decision after it was made.

This special rule has protected Texans since 1856. There is no reason to change it. This letter by Federal Public Defender Richard Andersondocuments the history and case law surrounding 503(b)(2).

You Can Help
Let these judges know that you do not want 503(b)(2) deleted. The deadline for public comments on this proposal is June 30th. You are the public, and I need you to comment.

Here is their contact information-
Judge Cathy Cochran,
Judge Tom Price,
Judge Cheryl Johnson,
Judge Larry Meyers,
Judge Barbara Hervey,
Judge Charles Holcomb,
Or you may snail mail your letters to individual judges at:
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, P.O. Box 12308, Capitol Station, Austin Texas 78711
It is bad enough that appellate judges rewrite the Constitution to destroy your rights, now they want to rewrite the rules of evidence.

I’m sending out the blog version of the bat signal. Grits, Mark, Hunter, Stephen, Scott,, we all need to fight this.

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4 responses to “Help Save Attorney Client Privilege In Texas”

  1. Inquiring Mind says:

    Hi, you have a great blog.

    I asked a question about the age of consent and the CPS Service Plan for the YFZ families on your May 17, 2008 entry. Did you see this question or is it too far back?

  2. Robert Guest says:

    I am sorry. But I am limited in my ability to answer question on this blog.


  3. This is chilling. It’s amazing how our country moves farther away from the land of the free. People don’t even know about this. I will be linking to this post from my blog.

  4. Nema Bardin says:

    I am appauled! Thank you so much for this information. It is Feb.2009… Is it to late for me to write to the judges (email)? Is there anything else that I can do to help stop this?

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