Law: Hangovers From A Party Line

Was Noriega's Sixth Amendment right to counsel violated?

Since the U.S. military invaded Panama last December and brought back General Manuel Noriega for trial in Miami on drug-trafficking charges, the former dictator has had just one link to the outside world: a beige telephone sitting on a shelf outside his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The phone has two little stickers attached, one in Spanish, one in English, warning him that all calls are monitored. If Noriega wants to make a call, a guard dials the number and waits for a reply before handing over the instrument. Only conversations with Noriega's defense lawyers are deemed immune from wiretapping,...

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