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Two hidden recording devices are discovered at Harvard Law School

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Harvard University police are investigating the discovery of two hidden recording devices at the law school.

The group Reclaim Harvard Law says it found one device last week in a lounge its members have occupied since February, report the Harvard Crimson, the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe. The device was attached to the bottom of a table with Velcro.

A second device was turned over to administrators on Saturday by a student who found it in a classroom last week, the Harvard Crimson reports in a separate story. Members of Reclaim Harvard Law says the student is not affiliated with the group.

Harvard University police, staffers and students looked for additional devices and found Velcro strips at several sites in the lounge and in classrooms where classes have discussed student activism at the school.

Reclaim Harvard Law is occupying the lounge to create a space for minority students and to hold discussions about inequality and diversity. The group says the recorder captured discussions in the lounge with victims of sexual assaults and tenants who told about their evictions.

Reclaim Harvard Law says it has not yet turned over the lounge recording device because it is working with lawyers to protect those whose sensitive conversations were recorded.

Massachusetts law requires the consent of all parties to recorded conversations.

Harvard Law School was in the news earlier this year when someone defaced portraits of black law professors with tape. Harvard University police investigated but they were unable to identify a suspect.

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