Supreme Court won’t hear Hatch’s appeal

Survivor winner Richard Hatch will remain in prison for another year, as the United States Supreme Court decided not to hear his appeal.

His “appeal was already denied by a federal appeals court in Boston and was among more than a thousand rejected last week by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court did not explain its reasoning,” the AP reports.

Michael Minns, Richard’s attorney, said “He’s disappointed with the decision. He’s been worried about his family and taking care of them the entire time.”

Richard has claimed, implausibly, that he caught crew members giving food to participants, and a producer promised CBS would pay taxes on his winnings if he stayed quiet. In February, he lost his appeal to the U.S. District Court of Appeals on the grounds that he did not bring that up during trial; the court said that “[t]he failure of Hatch to present any evidence of such conversations when invited by the court strongly suggested that no actual promises were made, and no such ‘deal’ actually existed.”

‘Survivor’ winner’s appeal is rejected [AP]

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