Strippers and South American pole dancers are posing as paralegals to visit wealthy drug lords at the maximum Federal Detention Center in Miami, a Miami newspaper says, quoting "multiple attorneys."
Miami New Times says lawyers hired by accused drug kingpins can sign a form and designate anyone -- including strippers -- as a legal assistant.
"They take off their tops and let the guys touch them," veteran defense attorney Hugo Rodriguez tells Miami News Times. "Any lawyer can sign a form and designate a legal assistant. There is no way of verifying it. The process is being abused."
Michael E. Miller, writing in the Times' blog Riptide, says officials at the detention center, located in downtown Miami, declined to comment on the report and refused requests for any incident reports on phony paralegals being removed from the facility.
The New Times says the faux legal assistants have brought in money and Playboy magazines to inmates. It quotes one attorney as saying a woman was caught on video stripping for an inmate in the center's Special Housing Unit.