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Mail from inmates to lawyers is private, 9th Circuit finds

Arizona prison officials violated inmate Scott Nordstrom's First and Sixth Amendment rights when they read mail he sent to his lawyer, according to the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Judge Milan Smith acknowledged that the prison had a security interest in the matter but said the line-by-line review of mail addressed to a licensed attorney was "unduly intrusive," given the lack of evidence of a threat.

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