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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Ind. Law - 7th Circuit rules prisoner can be denied access to drug-reference books

Thanks to Michelle Olsen @AppellateDaily for pointing to this story at the First Amendment Center. David L. Hudson Jr. begins:

A federal appeals court has ruled that Illinois prison officials did not violate the First Amendment when they denied an inmate two medical books about drugs. The decision shows the broad range of deference given to prison officials in making these types of reading-material decisions.

James Munson, who is serving a life sentence at the Menard Correctional Facility for murder, ordered six books from a prison-approved bookstore. Prison officials approved several of them, including Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life. But they denied Munson the Physicians’ Desk Reference and the Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs 2009.

The March 9th opinion is Munson v. Gaetz and is authored by Judge Tinder.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 14, 2012 03:10 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions