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  •  HuffPo wants it both ways (5+ / 0-)

    They want to be treated like the news media with regard to shield laws and the like, but they don't want to be treated like the news media when it comes to a BoP prohibition on prisoners being interviewed in the media. It's an interesting question as to whether McGowan violated the conditions of his halfway-house confinement (which is, of course, still confinement) by posting an article on HuffPo vs. being interviewed, which clearly would have been a violation whatever you think of the constitutionality of that overall policy (and I assume it's been litigated and settled), but within the context of that overall policy I don't know if the BoP's decision is that outlandish.  My biggest concern is that they put someone in a situation, the halfway house, where it's fantastically easy to do precisely what would land them back in prison...they might as well leave a bunch of booze and drugs there.

    You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

    by Rich in PA on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 08:50:12 AM PDT

    •  Well, that's kind of the point of a half way house (7+ / 0-)

      Seeing whether they're going to be able to follow rules without as much oversight as in prison - kind of giving them their first step back out into society, with all it's rules and very little oversight.  

      "If you trust you are not critical; if you are critical you do not trust" by our own Dauphin

      by gustynpip on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 08:57:26 AM PDT

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      •  In that case my more specific question... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...would be whether or not they reinforced with him the warning against doing that super-obvious thing with his computer and internet connection! Personally I think the whole story is repugnant, starting with how they transferred him in jail, just in case anyone suspects I'm fundamentally sympathetic to the government on this one!  Which wouldn't be an unreasonably suspicion, considering my typical sympathies.

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 11:45:12 AM PDT

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