Murderer Sues Connecticut Over Prison Porn Ban
Conn. man says ban being used to deny him art book
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2014 1:47 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Dwight Pink Jr. has a few decades left to serve of his 56-year murder sentence, and he doesn't want to spend all that time without nude pictures. The Connecticut inmate is suing the state in federal court over its 2011 ban on "pictorial depictions of sexual activity or nudity" in prisons, arguing that it violates his free speech rights, the AP reports. The 44-year-old's lawsuit says that the porn ban has caused him to be denied an art book called The Atlas of Foreshortening, which includes photos of nude male and female models to show how to draw the human form.

In its response to the lawsuit—one of around half a dozen challenging the ban—Connecticut denies Pink's rights were violated, saying, "Any injury or harm, if any, was caused solely by plaintiff's own acts, omissions, or conduct and was not due to any wrongful conduct by the defendants." But the ban excludes materials that are "literary, artistic, educational, or scientific in nature," so legal experts believe the courts might side with Pink if they find the ban is being improperly used in the case of the art book. Pink—who is in prison for the 1998 murder of a 35-year-old father of two—is also seeking $25,000 damages and his attorney's fees, WFSB reports.
 

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