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The top story today is a debate regarding privilege-waiver issues in the Catholic Archdiocese abuse case. As reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes, attorneys for the archdiocese say it may assert attorney-client privilege that can’t be waived even if its former personnel director – who is accused of endangering the welfare of children by not taking proper action to protect them from sexually abusive priests – waives his own privilege.
Also above the fold on Page 1, Amaris Elliott-Engel writes about the latest legal salvo between Pennsylvania Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille and federal capital case defenders. Castille said in an opinion last week that Defender Billy H. Nolas has created “state-federal gridlock” in a Philadelphia murder case by telling the trial court that his client’s federal appeals pending in the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals were being paused to allow state-court proceedings to go forward.
In more Regional News on Page 3, a Cherry Hill, N.J., firm is suing a former whistleblower client for a share of an award the client received after she revoked the firm’s power of attorney.
In this week’s Employment Law column on Page 5, Vianei Lopez Robinson of Legal affiliate Texas Lawyer writes about some fixes that companies should make this year, including updating the company’s social media policy.
In a Criminal Practice column on Page 7, Richard Q. Hark writes about some recent changes to Megan’s Law that will add challenges for juvenile offenders attempting to rehabilitate themselves.
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