Attorneys ask state to investigate courthouse surveillance system

MUSKOGEE, Okla. - A group of attorneys is calling on the state to investigate whether a courthouse surveillance system was used to spy on them and their clients.

Last month, it was disclosed that an investigator in the district attorney's office had access, through a laptop, to the courthouse's camera and audio feeds.

District attorney Larry Moore said neither he nor anyone in his office eavesdropped on conversations between attorneys and their clients. Moore said allegations that suggest otherwise are "false and absurd. "

Moore said the camera and microphones are located in public areas of the courthouse, not in private rooms.

The Muskogee County Bar Association has asked the OSBI and the Oklahoma Attorney General's office to investigate.

Defense attorneys Lowell Howe and Nathan Hendrickson said while they were aware of the cameras and microphones in the courthouse, including in the courtrooms, they did not know the D.A.'s office had access.

They say having the OSBI or A.G.'s office investigate will help answer a lot of questions.

On Wednesday, a judge delayed the trial in two criminal cases until investigations into the courthouse surveillance matter are complete.

 A third case, a trial for the 2011 murder of Muskogee teenager Ryan Satterfield, was also delayed. However, this case was going to be delayed anyway because there are multiple defendants.

The sheriff's office runs the courthouse surveillance system.

Moore said his office no longer has access to the camera and audio feeds.

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