Defense attorneys: Who’s listening in?

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) – Defense attorneys in Warren 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 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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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