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Ruling: Government destroyed 'critical evidence'


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge expanded an investigation Wednesday into prison recordings of attorney-client conversations to focus on the government's conduct in the wake of the destruction of "critical evidence" on a computer — despite an earlier court order to preserve all hard drives at the U.S. attorney's office in Kansas City, Kansas.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson ordered a special master to investigate the conduct of federal prosecutors and staff, citing the government's lack of transparency about its possession, knowledge and use of recordings. She said she found that...

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