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Woman freed from prison early over calls recorded in Kansas

October 23, 2018 GMT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Texas woman serving time in federal prison has been released early because a former prosecutor listened to recorded phone calls between her and her attorney.

The Kansas City Star reports that 37-year-old Michelle Reulet is one of potentially dozens of defendants who could be affected by a pending federal court case over recorded calls at a privately run detention center in Leavenworth, Kansas.

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Reulet left prison Monday after U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree in Kansas City, Kansas, ordered her release. She was serving a five-year sentence for mail fraud and was not due for release until September 2020.

Defense attorneys allege federal prosecutors regularly obtained recordings of attorney-client phone calls in violation of their clients’ constitutional rights. Prosecutors contend there were a few isolated instances such as Reulet’s case.