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SJC upholds investigative e-mail searches

Says privilege of lawyer, client will be protected

The state’s highest court Monday ruled that prosecutors may scour the e-mails of defendants but also supported safeguards designed to protect the privacy privilege long granted lawyers and their clients.

The Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling, a victory for Attorney General Martha Coakley, upheld the right of state prosecutors to search the e-mail of a Brookline doctor after he was indicted in 2011 on charges of defrauding Medicaid of millions of dollars.

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