[Ppnews] Federal Appeals Court sides with Jamil Al-Amin

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Tue Jan 8 10:37:00 EST 2008

Court sides with Al-Amin


Posted : Tue, 08 Jan 2008 03:09:09 GMT
Author : General News Editor

ATLANTA, Jan. 7 A federal appellate court has ruled Georgia prison 
officials may have improperly opened convicted killer Jamil Abdullah 
Al-Amin's mail outside of his presence.

Al-Amin is the former 1960s militant formerly known as H. Rap Brown, 
who was once the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating 
Committee and the justice minister of the Black Panther Party.

He is serving a life sentence for killing Fulton County sheriff's 
deputy Ricky Kinchen and wounding another, The Atlanta 
Journal-Constitution reported Monday.

In 2005, while incarcerated at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, 
Al-Amin sued prison officials for opening mail from his wife Karima, 
an attorney, without him present.

In its decision Monday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found 
the prison's mail practice interferes with protected attorney-client 
communications and impinges on free-speech rights, the newspaper reported.

Since filing the lawsuit, Al-Amin was transferred to Supermax, the 
nation's most secure federal prison in Florence, Colo.

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