Attorneys and other professionals working in a partnership cannot invoke the right against self-incrimination to avoid revealing partnership information, New York's highest court held Tuesday. For the first time, the Court of Appeals adopted Fifth Amendment jurisprudence set forth by the U.S. Supreme Court in Bellis v. U.S. and made clear that the state constitution affords attorneys in partnership relationships with no more of a shield against self-incrimination than the U.S. Constitution does.
N.Y. High Court: Partnerships Can't Invoke Fifth Amendment Privilege
New York Law Journal
May 4, 2005
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