see link for full storyhttp://www.nytimes.com/1991/02/15/us/defense-lawyer-is-jailed-over-client-confidentiality.htmlFor almost two decades, Linda Backiel has used her law degree to defend people who disagreed vehemently and sometimes violently with the policies of the Federal Government.
And she has watched many of her clients, including opponents of the Vietnam War and advocates of Puerto Rican independence, go to prison for what they considered matters of principle.
Now it is her turn.
For more than two months, Ms. Backiel has been held in the Bucks County Correctional Facility here on a civil contempt charge because she refuses to testify before a Federal grand jury investigating a client who the authorities say jumped bail.
In an interview at the prison over the weekend, Ms. Backiel, 46 years old, said she had spurned a subpoena and later an order from a Federal judge because her testimony would violate a fundamental canon of the relationship between lawyers and clients: the guarantee of confidentiality. 'That's Not My Job'
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