Atty. in Fla. robbery case seeks NSA phone records

An aerial view of the NSA's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah, Thursday, June 6, 2013. The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency's need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

MIAMI (AP) — The lawyer for a man on trial in a South Florida bank robbery is seeking cellphone records possibly produced by a recently revealed National Security Agency surveillance program.

Attorney Marshall Dore Louis says in court papers that the Justice Department is required to turn over the phone records if they exist. Louis represents defendant Terrance Brown in the Broward County bank robbery case in which an armored car messenger was killed.

Prosecutors say they are missing a month of Brown’s phone records because his phone service provider no longer has them. But Louis says the NSA most likely collected data on Brown’s calls and that the defense is entitled to access.

U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenbaum told prosecutors to respond by the end of Wednesday.

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