Hammer v. Ashcroft (November 2009)

Hammer v. Ashcroft: In support of death row inmates’ right to person-to-person meetings with reporters. This brief focuses on the fact that the current Bureau of Prison’s (BOP) proscription of in-person communication between maximum security inmates and members of the press is inappropriately based on the anticipation that the speech will be offensive to government officials and the public discourse. The BOP’s interest in preserving security within the penal system does not permit it to censor speech absent a legitimate concern to justify the restriction of this fundamental right to free speech and free association.

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