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.”

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