Monday, August 15, 2011

Nevada DOC v. Greene (9th Cir. - August 15, 2011)

Libya bans typewriters!  What a classic suppression of freedom of speech.

Okay, so it's not Libya.  It's Nevada.

Still.  Pretty shocking, eh?

Okay, so it didn't ban them for everyone.  Just prisoners.

Now it's even less shocking.  Still, prisoners have First Amendment rights.  Doesn't this unconstitutionally suppress speech?

Not when one Nevada prisoner killed another by using the rolling pin from a typewriter, and another attempted to stab a guard with a shank from a different typewriter.  At that point, it makes sense that Nevada can tell prisoners to express their thoughts -- or legal briefs -- in old-fashioned handwriting.