Depending How It’s Used, The “Attorney-Client Privilege” Can Be a Protective Shield Made Out Steel or Glass
After twenty minutes of legal wrangling in open court, Judge Kimba Wood ordered Michael Cohen’s attorney, Stephen Ryan, to disclose the name of Cohen’s third client. Although Ryan didn’t want to, he eventually said the name “Sean Hannity” which shocked everyone in the courtroom.
As a business owner, you need to know what the attorney-client privilege is and how it works. Even more important, you need to know how to use this privilege to protect your confidential information. In this post, I share 32 years of tips that will help keep your protective shield hard and strong.
But first, let’s revisit last Monday’s hearing and what happened. In response to a court order, President Donald Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, aka “The Fixer” through his own attorney advised the world that his client list included three people. He listed (1) Donald Trump (most recently relating to Cohen paying adult film star, Stormy Daniels, who she alleges Trump had sex with, $130,000 in hush money), (2) Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy relating to a $1.6 million payout in hush money to keep his affair with a Playboy playmate and subsequent pregnancy, and now, (3) Sean Hannity (by the way, if your attorney needs an attorney to protect himself, then both he and you probably have legal problems).
Now keep in mind that Cohen and his lawyers had more than 48 hours to think about, discuss, and come up with his client list. Sharing these three names wasn’t something that happened unexpectedly or at the spur of the moment. It was an intentional disclosure of information pursuant Judge Kimba Wood’s order. Cohen believes that Hannity is his client.
For obvious reasons, including Sean Hannity’s name on The Fixer’s short client list now has everyone talking. People are wondering why Hannity never revealed to his viewers his conflict with Cohen when reporting the “news.” Others are asking, despite Cohen’s list, if Hannity really is Cohen’s client and whether or not any communications between Hannity and Cohen are protected by the attorney-client privilege.
So many issues and so little time. Let’s get started.
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