Supreme Court Won’t Hear Case About Ban Stemming From a ’60 Minutes’ Interview

Mar 9, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a death-row inmate to hear a case that would overturn a ban stemming from an interview "60 Minutes" conducted in 2000,  the Associated Press reports.

It was in March of that year that the TV newsmagazine broadcast an interview with Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, who was then on death row.

Not long after that broadcast a new federal policy was instituted that prohibits prisoners on death row from giving in-person interviews to reporters.

In the appeal that the Supreme Court declined to hear, David Paul Hammer, who is imprisoned in Terre Haute, Ind., argued that the policy violates his rights of free speech.

According to the AP report, "Twenty-three news media organizations also urged the court to hear the case."

3 Comments

  1. “… a new federal policy was instituted that prohibits prisoners on death row from giving in-person interviews to reporters.”
    One has to wonder why anything that any death row inmate could possible say would warrant the government wanting to keep it from citizenry.
    I guess our fearless leaders consider us too sensitive.

  2. “I guess our fearless leaders consider us too sensitive”. Or the truth may actually come out! Did you see the 20/20 report last week about the forensic Dr. who had lied for nearly 30 years, mostly for the prosecution?

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