Friday, October 30, 2015

2 Congressmen Propose Barring U.S. Prosecutors From Reading Inmates’ Emails to Lawyers

A bill introduced on Thursday by two members of Congress would bar federal prosecutors from reading emails between inmates and their lawyers, ending a practice that has angered defense lawyers and divided judges.
Representatives Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from Brooklyn, and Doug Collins, a Republican from Georgia, sponsored the bill, which Mr. Jeffries said would correct an emerging inequity in the criminal justice system.
“I assume that most fair-minded prosecutors understand that our system of justice requires a dynamic where individuals are able to have the effective assistance of counsel necessary to adequately defend themselves,” Mr. Jeffries said in an interview, adding that “email is the most efficient way for an attorney to communicate with an incarcerated client.”
The New York Times reported last year that federal prosecutors in Brooklyn had alerted defendants that their emails would be monitored, a practice that was occurring in spots around the country.

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