Westword Joins Fight for Gruesome Prison Video

march 11, 2010  08:50 am
The U.S. Justice Department is refusing to hand over video and images related to a slaying in which two inmates strangled, disemboweled and cannibalized another inmate at a high-security federal prison, despite the fact that they showed them in open court while seeking the death penalty against the killers. Prison Legal News has been fighting to obtain the materials, and the battle is now in front of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. That's where Westword, along with a bevy of other organizations like 60 Minutes, the Associated Press, the American Society of News Editors and the ACLU of Colorado, joined the cause by filing a supporting brief this week. Denver Post columnist Susan Greene says the fed's "hypocritical" claim of privacy rights "seems like an attempt to cover up problems at the high-security U.S. Penitentiary in Florence."