Tuesday, January 22, 2013
From the Blog of Legal Times:
Fourth Circuit to Hear Dispute Over Cell Phone Contraband Conviction
In the world of prisoner contraband, there's the usual stuff—drugs, weapons and cash. In 2010, Congress added mobile phones to the list of items considered "prohibited objects" in the hands of inmates.
There was a catch-all provision in the law, before the changes, that banned any object that threatens the "order, discipline and security" of federal prison. Sound a little vague? That's the argument a lawyer representing a former inmate—charged with possession of a mobile phone—is making in a federal appeals court.
The ex-inmate, Johnny Beason, was caught with a mobile phone before congressional changes, via the Cell Phone Contraband Act, went into effect in late 2010.