LEBANON, Ohio (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 (http://cin.ci/VpQRCg ) 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.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com