The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York is collecting and reading e-mails to attorneys from defendants housed at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC). In a letter to the Federal Defenders of New York, the government made plain that it would review all e-mails sent from MDC inmates, even if the e-mails were between the inmates and their lawyers. The government claims that those e-mails are not protected by the attorney-client privilege and are, therefore, fair game. The defense bar has cried foul as reported here and here. The New York Times Editorial Board doesn't like it either, as expressed here. District judges in Brooklyn have differing views as well. Judge Dora Irizarry told prosecutors they may not read such e-mails, but Judge Allyne Ross said they may.