SOUTH BEND -

A judge has granted a protective order in South Bend's wiretapping case.

The order means lawyers can ask specific questions when they're interviewing people about what's on the tapes and not worry about potentially violating the Federal Wiretap Act.

Attornies for four South Bend officers filed suit against former Police Chief Darryl Boykins, police Communications Director Karen DePaepe and the city, claiming they were illegally recorded on a phone line in the South Bend Police detective bureau.

Boykins is also suing the city, claiming he was fired because he's black.

A judge ruled that case is on hold until the wiretapping case is resolved.