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Kansas Ruling: Government destroyed 'critical evidence'

May 17, 2017 - 8:49 pm
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has expanded an investigation into prison recordings of attorney-client conversations in Kansas to focus on the government's conduct after "critical evidence" was destroyed.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ordered the special master to investigate federal prosecutors in Kansas, citing their lack of transparency as well as inaccurate and misleading statements.

Her ruling reveals the hard drive of the one computer used to play video recordings was wiped clean. The action was taken despite the court's earlier order to preserve all hard drives for computers assigned to attorneys and staff in the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City, Kansas.

Robinson says this precluded the special master from analyzing the meta data and other information.

Neither the U.S. attorney's office or federal defender's office immediately responded to emails seeking comment.

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