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County Snoops On Lawyers’ Phone Calls,|Attorney Says In Federal Class Action

MINNEAPOLIS (CN) - In a federal class action, an attorney and an incarcerated client claim Becker County and its sheriff lie to lawyers by claiming that calls from the Becker County Jail are not recorded, though the jail does record all calls unless the attorney gets his number placed on the jail's Do Not Record list.

Attorney William Bulmer II says the jail "affirmatively inform(s)" attorneys and inmates that attorney-client calls are not recorded, and repeats the lie in the jail handbook and signs posted at the jail, though "all such calls are recorded unless the attorney's telephone number is placed on the Jail's 'Do Not Record' list."

Bulmer also says the defendants do not tell lawyers or detainees how to get the attorneys' numbers placed on the Do Not Record list, and refuse to put attorneys' cell phones on the list, or paralegals' numbers on the list.

He wants the practice enjoined as unconstitutional.

Becker County is in west central Minnesota.

Bulmer and his client Kenneth E. Andersen are represented by Jeffrey Abrahamson with Sprenger & Lang.

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