Strippers pose as paralegals in Miami prison

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The Federal Detention Center is a maximum security prison east of Miami, Florida. (One notable former inmate was Manuel Noriega.) Evidently, some current inmates are receiving more than legal advice from the paralegals who visit them. Attorneys say that South American strippers pose as paralegals and perform for "drug lords" inside the prison:
"They take off their tops and let the guys touch them," veteran defense attorney Hugo Rodriguez says. "The majority of these young, very attractive women are noncitizens brought in exclusively for the purposes of visiting the FDC. Any lawyer can sign a form and designate a legal assistant. There is no way of verifying it. The process is being abused."
One woman was caught stripping on video. Other alleged offenses include smuggling in contraband, including providing alcohol to an inmate by sticking a straw through a grate.

However, the prison does prohibit some women from entering. A year earlier, attorney Brittney Horstman tried to visit a client, but her underwire bra set off the metal detector, and guards wouldn't let her in. So she went to a bathroom and removed her bra. Yet the guards still refused to let her in, because she was now braless, which was against prison regulations.

- Miami's Federal Jail Overrun With Strippers Posing As Paralegals, Lawyers Say, New Miami Times>>

- Lawyer of the Day: Brittney B. Horstman Is Above the Bra, Above the Bar>>
Photo is from the 2005 Miss Penitenciária pageant in Brazil>>

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