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A proponent of limited government, Mr. Parde was executive director of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a bipartisan membership association for state lawmakers who share a common belief in fiscal restraint, free markets, federalism and individual liberty. He has authored many studies and legislative testimonies.

Playing fair

This week's House passage of The Attorney-Client Privilege Protection Act of 2007 is being praised by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for "recognizing the need for limits on the Department of Justice."

"Prosecutors are not above the law or the Constitution," says Susan Hacket, the ACC's general counsel and senior vice president. "This is an issue of correcting errant prosecutorial behavior."

She says the bill was needed "to forbid abusive government practices that strip those targeted by a government investigation of their rights to confidential counsel."

"There is nothing in this bill that prevents the DOJ from prosecuting whomever it wants and using all the tools in its arsenal to conduct an investigation, get to the truth and prosecute the guilty. Instead, this bill demands that DOJ play fair in doing so," Ms. Hacket says.

She calls attorney-client privilege the oldest of the evidentiary privileges and the "cornerstone of our justice system." The measure now moves to the Senate.

John McCaslin

John McCaslin is a contributing columnist on and author of Inside The Beltway: Offbeat Stories, Scoops, and Shenanigans from around the Nation's Capital .

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