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Judge agrees to appoint master to probe jailhouse recordings

August 16, 2016 GMT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas has agreed to appoint a special master to determine whether a private prison violated attorney-client privilege by video recording meetings between inmates and their attorneys.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson on Tuesday asked attorneys to provide her with their thoughts on the special master’s scope.

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The master would investigate defense attorneys’ claims that Corrections Corporation of America made video and audio recordings of confidential conversations and passed some on to prosecutors.

Robinson said she didn’t expect to appoint the master until next month.

The practice at CCA — a private, for-profit company that manages dozens of U.S. facilities — surfaced in a case over distribution of contraband at the Leavenworth Detention Center in which audio-less video recordings were subpoenaed by a grand jury.

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