ACLU argues Richard Hatch should be released; jailing was “retaliation,” attorney says

Richard Hatch has been back in jail for almost a month now because he talked to the media without permission. He’s being held in solitary confinement, and today the judge “granted the American Civil Liberties Union an emergency hearing on Hatch’s behalf,” The Boston Herald reported.

The AP reported that “[t]he ACLU demanded Hatch’s release from Barnstable County jail on Cape Cod” and “told U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton that Hatch has been held under ‘harsh’ conditions for the last 28 days, allowed outside his cell only one hour a day to exercise or shower.”

Hatch’s attorney, Michael Schneider, told reporters, “There’s really no excuse. It’s clearly retaliation for the exercise of his First Amendment rights.”

Judge mulls release of ‘Survivor’ Hatch [Boston Herald]
ACLU: ‘Survivor’ winner’s jailtime was retaliatory [AP]

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about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.