This week's episode of "The Good Wife" gave viewers a good look at a key issue in legal ethics: the attorney-client privilege. But did Hollywood's depiction live up to reality?
Recap: 'Death of a Client'
The main storyline revolved around a rich (and, as Alicia described him, "very litigious") client who is shot and killed in broad daylight. Police ask for Alicia's help in finding her client's killer -- a request that takes on added urgency when police tell Alicia they have reason to believe the killer may be coming after her next.
Alicia's friend and prosecutor Laura Hellinger (played by Amanda Peet) tries to persuade Alicia to give up some information that may be helpful to the investigation by saying, "You know attorney-client privilege may be waived if the attorney's life is in danger."
But is that true?
Good Law: The Attorney-Client Privilege
Rules regarding the attorney-client privilege vary by state, but they are generally derived from the same source: the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Responsibility. Here's how "The Good Wife" generally got it right:
Bad Law? No, Close enough
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