WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 22, 2011 — American Bar Association President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III urges Leon Panetta, U.S. Secretary of Defense, in a letter yesterday to rescind a new Guantanamo Bay policy that appears to violate attorney-client privilege. Lawyers for detainees have reported that communications with their clients are being intercepted, reviewed by the government and in some cases shared with the prosecution team, Robinson said.
“The American justice system depends on the essential role of lawyers in counseling their clients,” Robinson said. “This includes providing zealous and effective counsel, even to those accused of heinous crimes against this nation and its people”
Robinson urges the Department of Defense to restore the confidentiality of communications between lawyers and Guantanamo detainees.
The letter is available here.
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