Lawyers are familiar with the history and development of the privilege and are keenly aware of the struggle we have had to preserve that right. As a part of our heritage it was placed in the Constitution in the Bill of Rights and was also incorporated in our various state constitutions. No one will deny that this privilege is one of the great landmarks in the struggle for justice, no one in his right mind would advocate that this right be taken away. Questions concerning the exercise and abuse of this privilege by a few lawyers have been aroused in the public mind and carried forward in the press, and it is necessary that our State Bar Association assume its responsibility to the public and take definite action to eliminate the problem as far as lawyers are concerned.
George W. Martin,
State Bar Journal,
Report on Lawyers and the Fifth Amendment,
30 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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