The families of three Americans arrested in July after crossing into Iran from neighboring Iraq say they have hired a prominent lawyer in Iran to work for their release.

The families of UC Berkeley graduates Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal said in statement Sunday that they have retained attorney Masoud Shafii, according to the Associated Press.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...