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Attorneys protest Ohio prosecutor’s surveillance

LEBANON (AP) — Defense attorneys in a southwest Ohio county are upset after learning that the prosecutor can keep an eye and ear on them during trials from his office.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the controversy erupted after a defense attorney heard from a Warren County judge during a recent trial about the live feed to Prosecutor David Fornshell’s office. Attorney John Kaspar says his confidential conversations with clients could be picked up by a microphone in the courtroom.

Fornshell says he first asked for the camera and audio feed to his office during a 2011 trial in which a man was convicted of fatally running over a sheriff’s deputy.

He says the same audio feed has long been available in courthouse media rooms.

Judges say they don’t see a problem.

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