Sep 122009
 
 September 12, 2009  Court, Surveillance, U.S.

Shelly Murphy reports from Massachusetts:

In a 4-to-3 decision that could have a sweeping impact on grand jury investigations and prisoner privacy, the state’s highest court ruled yesterday that prosecutors may subpoena recordings of telephone calls made from jail by inmates and people who are being held while awaiting trial.

Rejecting contentions that the subpoenas violate prisoners’ privacy rights, the Supreme Judicial Court found that both inmates and pretrial detainees have no reasonable expectation of privacy because they are clearly warned that all telephone calls are subject to monitoring and recording.

Read more about this controversial decision in The Boston Globe.

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