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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    I'm torn between the hilarity/irony and the nagging feeling that the compulsory disclosure -- in open court -- of the identity of an attorney's client is...troubling.
    Attorney client privilege doesn't extend to concealing the names of an attorney's clients, does it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    I'm torn between the hilarity/irony and the nagging feeling that the compulsory disclosure -- in open court -- of the identity of an attorney's client is...troubling.
    It was actually the attorney for the press that argues the public had a right to know.

    That attorney's name is Robert Balin, who reads a citation indicating that a client's fear of guilt by association is not enough to prevent disclosure.

    The reason this is so, Balin says, is, "So that We the People, and the press, can monitor our institutions."

    The judge said that there was no legal basis to withhold the name and demanded it be released.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Was going to ask that. Is that legal? Can a judge ask a lawyer to divulge all of his clients in an open court? I would be livid if I were a client.
    It's legal. The judge has a great degree of discretion. But one could make a solid argument that this is an abuse of that discretion, which would (normally) result on the decision being overturned. But that's moot in this case. The Hannity's out of the bag.

    Look for some thorough analysis on this in the next couple days. One of the facets of attorney-client privilege is that even the identity of the client is protected by the privilege -- at least usually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Attorney client privilege doesn't extend to concealing the names of an attorney's clients, does it?
    It can. At least, that was how it was taught to me. I'm sure there are certain exceptions. But as I said to bajisima - look for a lot of discussion about this from legal pundits in the next couple days. This is a doozie.
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    Good grief, people, this is like watching the criminal activities of Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lunchboxxy View Post
    It was actually the attorney for the press that argues the public had a right to know.




    The judge said that there was no legal basis to withhold the name and demanded it be released.
    Kimba Wood's no dummy. He has to know what he's doing here. But that's contrary to my previous understanding of it. (Not an issue I've ever had to delve into deeply.) Going to do some nosing around now. I'm sure there will be plenty of commentary from Dershowitz and McCarthy and others.

    ETA: Here's a U. of Chicago Law Review article discussing it:

    https://chicagounbound.uchicago.edu/...context=uclrev
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wonderer View Post
    It's legal. The judge has a great degree of discretion. But one could make a solid argument that this is an abuse of that discretion, which would (normally) result on the decision being overturned. But that's moot in this case. The Hannity's out of the bag.

    Look for some thorough analysis on this in the next couple days. One of the facets of attorney-client privilege is that even the identity of the client is protected by the privilege -- at least usually.
    Would assume if Trump werent involved, the implications here would be totally different. Nobody wants everyone to know their legal business. Would also think unless there is something really bad found out about Hannity this could backfire.
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    Sean Hannity was revealed as Michael Cohen's mystery third client in a Manhattan federal court proceeding today ó after the judge ruled that the client's identity must be disclosed.

    Why it matters: Sean Hannity continued to cover the Cohen raid on his Fox News program without disclosing that he was also one of Cohenís clients.

    The backdrop: Cohen was in court today in an attempt to prevent federal prosecutors from accessing documents and electronic devices obtained in a raid of his home and offices last week. In a previous court filing, Cohen said that he had given legal counsel to three clients in the past year, including President Trump and former RNC official Elliott Broidy. The judge refused to decline to name Hannity in that filing, depite Hannity's request.

    https://www.axios.com/michael-cohen-...m_content=1100
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    Quote Originally Posted by lunchboxxy View Post
    sean hannity is the third client

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    BREAKING: Attorney for Trump lawyer Michael Cohen says Cohen performed secret legal work for Fox News commentator Sean Hannity.

    https://twitter.com/AP/status/985956511871655936
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