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Article • June 3, 2016 • from PLN June, 2016
Music Publishers Sue Companies Providing Mixtapes for Prisoners by Matthew Clarke In early 2015, UMG Recordings, Capitol Records, Universal Music Corp. and several other record labels and music producers filed a federal lawsuit against companies that provide mixtapes to prisoners in at least 40 states. The suit claimed that mixtapes ...
Article • December 15, 2012 • from PLN December, 2012
Virginia Prison Policy Prohibiting Secular, Non-Religious CDs Held Unconstitutional by On February 7, 2012, a U.S. District Court held that a Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) policy prohibiting prisoners from purchasing or possessing secular spoken-word compact discs was unconstitutional. The court invalidated the policy but also granted qualified immunity to ...
California DOC Settles Federal Suit to Permit Bible Study Materials; Establishes Pilot Program For Screening Books and CDs by John Dannenberg by John E. Dannenberg The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) settled a lawsuit brought by Jesus Christ Prison Ministry (JCPM) that sought to overcome CDCR?s rigid bar ...
Article • May 15, 2007
Censorship of Music Tape Upheld by The plaintiff ordered a music cassette tape which was then denied to her on the ground that it was a security risk. The court affirms the district court's summary judgment for defendants on First Amendment and due process theories without describing the controversy further, ...
Article • May 15, 2007
$7,000 Paid in Washington Prisoner's Legal Mail Withholding Claim by 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 ...
Wisconsin Ban on Sexually Explicit Materials Unconstitutional by Bob Williams The Federal District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin has denied a motion for summary judgment finding the Wisconsin Department of Corrections' (WDOC) ban on sexually explicit materials violated prisoners' First Amendment freedom of speech and Fourteenth Amendment due ...
9th Circuit Upholds Ban on Sex-based Publications; Requires Due Process by 9th Circuit Upholds Ban on Sex-based publications; Requires Due Process Against a First Amendment challenge, the Ninth Circuit has upheld a prison regulation banning sex-based publications depicting penetration. The Court also held that prisoners have a Fourteenth Amendment due ...
Article • August 15, 1999 • from PLN August, 1999
Iowa Ban on Tapes with Parental Warning Upheld by Paul Wright By Paul Wight The court of appeals for the Eighth circuit held that an Iowa prison's ban on cassette tapes with parental advisory notices due to "explicit lyrics" was permissible. Michael Herlein, a former Iowa state prisoner, filed suit ...
Article • December 15, 1996 • from PLN December, 1996
Censorship of Rap Tape States Claim by Afederal district court in Wisconsin granted a prisoner plaintiff's motion for in forma pauperis status holding that censorship of a rap music tape states a claim for a first amendment violation. James Golden, a Wisconsin state prisoner, filed suit challenging the censorship of ...
Article • October 15, 1992 • from PLN October, 1992
Killer Cops Whine About "Cop Killer" by Paul Wright Killer Cops Whine About "Cop Killer" Rap Singer Ice-T has recently been in the news because one his latest albums, "Body Count" has a song on it called "Cop Killer". Nationally the swine have mounted a campaign to get the record's ...