Monday, January 22, 2007
Ted Kaczynski, Government, Victims, in Argument Over Whether His Writings Can be Sold In Internet Auction
A furious debate continues over whether convicted Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's writings, among other possessions, can be redacted and sold in an Internet auction. The federal government would like to do so, in order to compensate his victims, or the surviving families of his victims. A federal district court judge had given permission to do so, and the 9th Circuit had upheld his ruling. But Mr. Kaczynski claims that under the First Amendment the government has no right to alter his manuscripts, and he would prefer to give his work to an institution that would preserve them for posterity. Survivors of the bombings and families are in disagreement over how to proceed. The New York Times has an article today on the issue.