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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 09/ 3/2010

Va. prison reading policy unconstitutional

By Washington Post editors

A federal judge said a law that allowed the Virginia prison system to limit inmates' access to certain works of literature is unconstitutional, The Washington Examiner reports.

U.S. District Judge James Turk ruled in favor of inmate William Couch, of Alexandria, who was banned from reading classic works "Ulysses" and "Lady Chatterly's Lover." Couch is serving life in prison for a series of rapes and other offenses. Prison officials said the books were sexually explicit material, but Virginia officials permitted inmates the perusal of Playboy magazine.

Read more on this story in The Washignton Examiner.

By Washington Post editors  | September 3, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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sheesh let them read books.

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 3, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

So, as a convicted rapist, he can get Playboy, but not true literature. Great rehab program they got goin' there. Just gettin' him fired up for his release.

Posted by: hizes | September 3, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Virginia also took a page from Kansas...Kansas, that does not allow death row inmates face-to-face visits with family. The 18th century is fun isn't it?

Posted by: jckdoors | September 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Oh those poor DEATH ROW INMATES. Bleed heart, bleed.

Posted by: dtysko | September 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

This is somehow Obama's fault. I read that on the internet.

Posted by: laugh_riot | September 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

So much about Virginia is un-Constitutional. It doesn't help that the attorney general is moron.

Posted by: PepperDr | September 3, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

teabaggers, they took our pern

Posted by: jiji1 | September 3, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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