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Order: Feds can’t view material seized from lawyer’s office

August 11, 2018

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. District Court judge has at least temporarily barred federal prosecutors and the FBI from reviewing documents and computers seized from a Tucson lawyer’s office during a raid conducted just after he was arrested in a drug-related case.

Judge Rosemary Marquez’s order Friday says she’ll consider a request by Rafael Gallego’s lawyers to appoint a so-called special master to review the seized material to determine whether it is protected by the attorney-client privilege.

Marquez also ordered the FBI to copy but not review the computers’ memories so the devices themselves can be returned

Gallego and his legal assistant were arrested Wednesday on conspiracy and obstruction charges accusing them of providing false information to federal officials and of helping a client facing drug trafficking charges avoid arrest and punishment.

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