Federal prosecutors in Maryland are warning about the possibility of “seriously disrupted” criminal investigations following a U.S. appeals court ruling that questioned the integrity of allowing government agents to use their own internal teams, and not the courts, to review certain materials seized during the execution of search warrants.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit assailed Maryland prosecutors last year for using a so-called filter team to review documents and email files taken from the offices of a Baltimore law firm as part of an ongoing criminal investigation. The appeals panel said a federal magistrate judge, and not investigators themselves, should have conducted the inspection of the files to better protect any attorney-client relationships.

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]