Attorneys say jail opened Wade's mail

Posted: Monday, December 21, 2009

ANCHORAGE - Attorneys for an Anchorage man accused of murder say jail officials have violated their client's rights by repeatedly opening privileged mail.

Joshua Wade's defense attorney said in a recent motion that state Department of Corrections staff have opened Wade's incoming correspondence three times since October.

The opened mail allegedly includes a package marked in red ink with the words "Special legal mail. Open only in presence of inmate."

The court filing by attorney Suzanne Lee Elliott says the package was delivered with a note saying it had been opened by mistake.

Wade, 29, is accused of the 2007 torture and murder of his neighbor, nurse practitioner Mindy Schloss.

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