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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Courts - "Federal prosecutors Are Reading Emails From Inmates to Lawyers"

From Stephanie Clifford's story today in the NY Times:

Jailhouse conversations have been many a defendant’s downfall through incriminating words spoken to inmates or visitors, or in phone calls to friends or relatives. Inmates’ calls to or from lawyers, however, are generally exempt from such monitoring. But across the country, federal prosecutors have begun reading prisoners’ emails to lawyers — a practice wholly embraced in Brooklyn, where prosecutors have said they intend to read such emails in almost every case.

The issue has spurred court battles over whether inmates have a right to confidential email communications with their lawyers — a question on which federal judges have been divided. * * *

In Brooklyn and across the country, the issue is being decided case by case. A spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons declined to comment, citing the continuing litigation.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 23, 2014 02:12 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts