A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Travis County of recording and sharing privileged attorney client calls made from jail.
The Texas Civil Rights Project filed the class action lawsuit on behalf of criminal defense attorneys who practice before local courts.
The suit names the sheriff's office and the district and county attorney’s offices.
Attorneys who filed suit say conversations recorded are between defense attorneys and their clients in jail who make phone calls. They say those calls are confidential and no one should have access to them.
Bryan McGiverin is an attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project. He says they have evidence of this happening.
“Some prosecutors in the course of disclosing evidence have actually produced copies of recordings that attorney had with their client which is one of the most remarkable parts of this problem,” McGiverin.
McGiverin says it’s too soon to know how many calls have been recorded. The suit seeks an injunction to stop recording jail calls between attorneys and clients.
The Travis County Sheriff's Office, who runs the downtown jail and Del Valle facility, says it will not comment on pending litigation.