Elder Abuse

A trial court improperly denied a defendant’s motion to exclude evidence of statements she made to a counselor admitting that she had smothered her grandmother with a pillow, an Oregon appeals court ruled, finding that the state’s elder abuse reporting statutes “only abrogate privileged communications to the extent that a report be submitted.”

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Tennessee Supreme Court Sets Limit on Fair-Report Privilege

What began with a youth football league’s fundraiser gone bad led to the Tennessee Supreme Court deciding on Thursday the fair report privilege – the privilege protecting journalists reporting on what is said during official government proceedings from defamation claims – doesn’t extend to journalists reporting on what officials tell them in one-on-one interviews.

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Intelligence Chief Defends Shrouding Whistleblower Complaint

Under fire about his role in keeping secret a whistleblower complaint that has fueled an impeachment probe against President Donald Trump, the acting director of U.S. intelligence told House lawmakers Wednesday that executive privilege concerns pushed him to seek the administration’s guidance.

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Judge Orders Release of Attorney Communications in LA Utility Spat

A California judge ordered Los Angeles on Monday to produce attorney communications regarding a multimillion-dollar class action settlement over utility overcharges, to help determine whether the lawyer who represented the lead plaintiff also coordinated with the city and may have engaged in fraud.

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