Hue and Cry: Proposal to Eliminate Privilege Rule in Criminal Cases on Hold

, Texas Lawyer

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has defused a heated debate that has raged in blogs and e-mails to CCA judges over a proposal to eliminate a special rule of privilege in criminal cases. CCA Judge Cathy Cochran says the state's highest criminal court unanimously decided June 16 to defer the proposed deletion of Texas Rule of Evidence 503(b)(2) at least six months to allow parties to draft a proposed substitute or to draft a rule or statute to govern the attorney work-product doctrine. Steven Goode is a member fo the advisory panel.

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