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Name: People v. Dang
Case #: B145393
District 2 DCA
Division: 4
Opinion Date: 11/26/2001
Subsequent History: Rev. denied 3/13/02.

A defendant’s former defense attorney testified that defendant told him that he was going to try to bribe witnesses, and if he was unsuccessful, he would “whack” them . The appellate court held that this testimony was permissible under Evidence Code section 956.5, which provides there is no privilege if the attorney believes disclosure is necessary to prevent the client from committing a criminal act that the lawyer believes is likely to result in death or substantial bodily harm.