FC: Update on jailed journalist Paul Trumel, now in solitary

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sun Jun 02 2002 - 14:44:13 PDT

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    Previous Politech message:
    "Replies to 'When anyone can publish, who's a journalist now?'"
    This is an alarming course of events, and it looks to be an abuse of power 
    on the part of King County Superior Court Judge James Doerty. I hope Paul 
    has good counsel. Vicki Richman <vicricat_private> of the National Writers 
    Union submitted a note to Politech last fall on the topic (link above) and 
    noted that Paul could use donations to cover his legal fees.
    From: "John Cieciel" <uselesseaterat_private>
    To: "dec" <declanat_private>
    Subject: Seattle Weekly - news clips: Trummel in solitary
    Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 13:24:04 -0500
    Published May 30 - June 5, 2002
    Trummel in solitary
    NEWSLETTER AND Internet publisher Paul Trummel, whose February jailing 
    prompted a flood of protests by journalists and others around the U.S., has 
    now been dispatched to solitary confinement at King County Jail.
    Trummel has been incarcerated since Feb. 27 by order of King County 
    Superior Court Judge James Doerty for contempt of court after failing to 
    permanently alter the accusatory language on his Web site.
    According to supporters and his attorney, Trummel was sent to "The Hole," 
    as one put it, last Thursday, May 23, as the result of a squabble over 
    Trummel's phone privileges, which Judge Doerty apparently felt he was abusing.
    The judge prohibited Trummel from using the phone except to call a public 
    defender, says Seattle attorney Robert Siegel, who is handling Trummel's 
    appeal in the contempt case.
    "I am advised that since it was too hard for his jailers to monitor his 
    phone use in regular prison, they then decided to put him in solitary to 
    make it easier," says Siegel. "The situation is putting Paul's health and 
    life at risk." Siegel says Trummel, 69, has arthritis and a prostate problem.
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