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Arizona prisons illegally read inmate mail, 9th Circuit rules

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In a unanimous decision Thursday, judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said corrections officials do have the right to "inspect'' outgoing mail, even to attorneys, to ensure that it does not contain contraband. That would include things like a map of the prison yard, timing of shift changes for guards or even actual forbidden items. Conversely, they said it is settled law that prison staffers may not read incoming or outgoing legal mail.

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear pastor’s suit challenging Gilbert ordinance (access required)

Clyde Reed, pastor and founder of Good News Presbyterian Church, is trying to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision stating that the town of Gilbert was just in citing him for violating an ordinance limiting the time he could have signs up directing people to his church. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

The pastor of a small Gilbert congregation says the town government believes political campaign signs are more important than the small placards that give directions to his service.

Attorneys for Clyde Reed, pastor and founder of Good News Presbyterian Church, will now try to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Gilbert’s favor.

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