Advocates fear attorney-client privilege claims undermining law

The attorney-client privilege has long allowed attorneys to keep secret their private conversations with those who hire them.

But open records advocates say they fear governments are misusing the privilege for something else: to keep secret some records and meetings that would otherwise be open for public review.

Bill Luedders is the acting president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council.

He says he's included the attorney-client privilege among the top ten problem areas with open government on a list he created last month.

A lawsuit fighting one town's refusal to turn over memos from its attorney is pending in a state appeals court.