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Civil rights complaint filed after Vancouver mans ICE arrest

first_imgNorthwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a civil rights complaint Tuesday on behalf of a Vancouver man who was detained earlier this year, alleging that a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer eavesdropped on a conversation between the man and his defense attorney that occurred in the Clark County Courthouse.The Seattle-based legal services organization filed the complaint with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. It alleges that the ICE agent violated Jorge Luis Acebal-Coria’s attorney-client privilege.“The United States Supreme Court has pointed out that the attorney-client privilege is one of the oldest recognized privileges for confidential communications,” said Tim Warden-Hertz, directing attorney of Northwest Immigrant Rights Project’s Tacoma office, in a written statement. “It is a fundamental principle of our Constitution that clients should be able to communicate about their case with their attorneys without government intrusion.”In addition to the complaint, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project has filed a motion with the U.S. Immigration Court in Tacoma to dismiss Acebal-Coria’s deportation case. His next hearing is Friday.Lori K. Haley, ICE spokeswoman for the Western Region, declined to comment on the pending litigation.“However, lack of comment should not be construed as agreement or stipulation with any of the allegations. In DHS’s homeland security mission, our trained law enforcement professionals adhere to the department’s mission, uphold our laws while continuing to provide our nation with safety and security,” Haley wrote in an email.last_img

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