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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit allows challenge to death-row interview ban

The 7th Circuit's opionion Jan. 15th in the case of Hammer v. Ashcroft (see ILB summary here) is the focus of a story today by Tom Coyne of the AP. The comprehensive report begins:

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A federal appeals court has ruled an inmate can challenge a Bureau of Prisons policy prohibiting death row inmates from giving face-to-face interviews with the media.

The policy was adopted seven years ago after Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh appeared on "60 Minutes."

A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled Tuesday that U.S. District Judge John Tinder in Indianapolis erred when he dismissed the 2004 lawsuit by David Paul Hammer in a summary judgment in February 2006.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 19, 2008 05:44 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions