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Court denies motion to dismiss PLN censorship suit against Fulton Co. jail

WTVM, Jan. 1, 2009. http://www.wtvm.com/global/story.asp?s=10724815...
Court denies motion to dismiss PLN censorship suit against Fulton Co. jail - WTVM 2009

Lawsuit against Fulton Co. to go to trial

Associated Press - July 14, 2009 2:44 PM ET

ATLANTA (AP) - A federal judge says a lawsuit alleging unconstitutional censorship at the Fulton County jail can go to trial.

U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. on Monday denied motions for summary judgment from both sides of the lawsuit filed in October 2007 by a monthly publication on criminal justice issues.

Prison Legal News claimed the jail had a policy prohibiting prisoners from receiving books, magazines or newspapers other than religious publications.

Pannell found the same policy unconstitutional in 2002, but when former Sheriff Myron Freeman took office in 2005 he retained it. The publication says material sent to Fulton County prisoners was rejected or destroyed. The mail policy was dropped after PLN filed suit.


 


 

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