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$7,000 Paid in Washington Prisoner's Legal Mail Withholding Claim

In October 1993, Robert D. Wrinkle was a prisoner at Washington's
Clallam Bay Correction Center. Wrinkle received via legal mail a
videotape of jury selection in his criminal trial, which was needed to
complete a supplemental brief. Wrinkle was never given the tape or
notified that this legal mail had arrived. A year later he learned the
video tape had been sent to him. Wrinkle, ultimately, was unable to
prepare his brief. Efforts to do so were further hampered on December 5,
1994, when guards Harold Kupers, Jr. and Robin Schimetz searched Wrinkle's
cell and confiscated tapes of the jury selection.

Wrinkle's civil rights action alleged interference with his legal mail and
illegal censoring. On May 22, 2001, the Department of Corrections settled
the suit for $6,100 and $900 attorney's fees. Wrinkle was represented by
Jerry R. Kimball in Seattle. See: Wrinkle v. Leahy, USDC Western
District of Washington, Case No: C94-5730-RUB.

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