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More news coverage of PLN's censorship suit against VA DOC

Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jan. 1, 2009.
More news coverage of PLN's censorship suit against VA DOC - Richmond Times-Dispatch 2009

Federal suit alleges illegal censorship at Va. prisons

By Staff Reports / Richmond Times Dispatch

Published: October 10, 2009

The Prison Legal News has filed a federal suit alleging its rights are being violated by state authorities who censor magazines and books sent to Virginia inmates.

The suit, filed yesterday in Charlottesville against Virginia Department of Corrections officials, claims the publication's First and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when authorities censored "numerous issues . . . on the flimsiest grounds."

The monthly publication covers criminal-justice issues and has 7,000 subscribers, including lawyers and inmates, across the country.

A spokesman for the Virginia attorney general's office declined to comment because the litigation is pending.

"Although prisoners lose many of their constitutional rights when they are incarcerated, the First Amendment does not end at the prison door," Jeffrey Fogel, a lawyer for Legal News, said in a prepared statement.

Among other things, the Legal News is seeking an end to the alleged misconduct, along with unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

-- Frank Green



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