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In re Grand Jury Subpoenas (Andersen)

United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
906 F.2d 1485 (10th Cir. 1990)


Four defendants were charged with various drug-related crimes. The grand jury issued subpoenas to the defendants’ attorneys, seeking the source of the defendants’ payment of their legal fees. The grand jury suspected that the defendants were part of a larger drug ring and sought to make the connection through the source of the defendants’ legal payments. The defendants’ attorneys filed motions to quash the subpoenas. The motions were denied. The trial court called the attorneys to testify before the grand jury. However, the attorneys refused to testify or provide the information requested in the subpoenas, citing attorney-client privilege. The trial court held the attorneys in contempt. The attorneys appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (McKay, J.)

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