Judge won't dismiss Ohio suit over banned prison interviews

April 1, 2015 1:43 AM

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Inmates and reporters challenging a ban on face-to-face media interviews with prisoners convicted for their roles in Ohio's deadly 1993 prison riot can proceed with their lawsuit, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

The state argues that allowing the interviews could give the inmates too much "notoriety and influence" among fellow prisoners and cause problems throughout the correctional system. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction called the lawsuit frivolous and wanted it thrown out.

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