- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) - A judge has temporarily barred the Nassau County district attorney’s office from obtaining recorded jailhouse conversations between inmates and their lawyers.

The temporary restraining order was issued Tuesday. It requires prosecutors obtain a court order before the sheriff’s office can turn over the taped conversations. Under state law the conversations are confidential in most circumstances.

The judge’s decision came on the same day three inmates at the county jail filed a lawsuit alleging that obtaining and listening to the calls is routine and violates their constitutional rights.

Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1tbbq4A ) says officials in the district attorney’s office denied prosecutors listen to privileged conversations. They say the ruling will have a “dramatic impact” on legitimate criminal investigations.

The district attorney’s office has until Nov. 21 to submit a written response to the court.

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Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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