Saturday, May 10, 2014

Search of Marine Corps defense counsel's files stirs up hornet's nest

Michael Doyle has written this article for the McClatchy Washington Bureau about the potential fallout of a government search of the files of Marine Corps defense counsel at Camp Pendleton, California. He reports:
The search May 2, which lasted about two and a half hours, included investigators opening more than 100 case files compiled by defense attorneys, Marine Corps officers say. The search went beyond what was necessary and exceeded applicable legal standards, officers think.
“It’s unacceptable,” Lt. Col. Clay Plummer, the Marine Corps’ regional defense counsel for the West Coast, said in an interview. “We’re going to litigate this, to make sure this never happens again.”
The courtroom fallout might take time to settle, as defense attorneys with Camp Pendleton’s Legal Service Support Team Echo consider challenges for each of the cases in which investigators allegedly accessed files. Among other arguments, the defense attorneys could charge interference with privileged communications.

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