Pence said she could not discuss details because of attorney-client privilege but said companies often settle cases not because they have done something wrong but because it's less expensive to put the matter to rest than to litigate.
As it turns out, Hoosierpundit has turned up the settlement documents in which Rieth-Riley specifically waived its attorney-client privilege. The specific provision in Section 12 of the agreement reads:
As part of its cooperation in Section 11, and for the sole benefit of the Attorney General, Rieth-Riley agrees to waive any applicable attorney-client privilege concerning any of the relevant facts as to which Rieth-Riley provides testimony or documents to the Attorney General in the RICO Lawsuit. Rieth-Riley also agrees to provide letters necessary to effectuate such waiver.Yes, her client waived its attorney-client privilege to aid the state in the prosecution of its sidewalks-for-votes case. "Openness and honesty are important qualities to have in an attorney general," blogger Scott Fluhr writes. "Why is Linda Pence demonstrating, again and again, that she does not seem to have them?"