Courtrooms secretly watched by prosecutor

From the Cincinnati Enquirer A firestorm of criticism has erupted in Warren County after defense lawyers discovered that a live feed of their hearings and trials goes directly into Prosecutor David Fornshell's office across the hall.

The revelation came during a recent aggravated murder trial when a defense attorney complained that others were able to hear his confidential conversations with his client because they were being broadcast over a microphone in the courtroom.

The flap has defense attorneys asking judges to put an end to the practice, judges refusing, and the prosecutor saying he's tired of accusations that he did anything improper.

National civil liberties experts say they've never heard of anything like it and court officials in Butler, Clermont and Hamilton counties say it doesn't happen there either.

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