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Sender’s Right to Privacy in Mail Ends at Delivery

Sender's Right to Privacy in Mail Ends at Delivery

Letters are generally protected by an expectation of privacy, but the sender's expectation ordinarily terminates upon delivery. At 1228: "Because Defendant sent the letters to an inmate at a correctional facility, fully aware that prison officials could lawfully and, would likely, [commas sic] inspect the letters, he had no reasonable expectation of privacy in them." (The letters contained photographs of the defendant with large amounts of currency.) See: United States v. Gordon, 168 F.3d 1222 (10th Cir. 1999).

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