A few points:Originally Posted by pawpaw;3700398;
1. First Amendment is freedom of speech - how does this get involved here? Hatch was under house arrest, meaning he doesn't have all the true freedoms of freedom of speech because he still is in essence a con.
2. If he's under house arrest, he's not supposed to be going about giving speeches in another state. Given that it's says here "The Bureau of Prisons told his lawyer two of those interviews were unauthorized and took him into custody," I would say that he violated house arrest, and therefore lost that priviledge.
Remember - Martha Stewart also got into huge trouble - and an extended sentence, for leaving her property while under house arrest.
3. Now this is the third or so right I have read him claiming that has been "violated": speech, right to not be discriminated against, and right to fair trial. He can't seem to make up his mind here on what to try and use to get the charges dropped.
4. Speaking of yo-yo'ing, anyone noticing now that he's OMITTING that CBS supposedly said that they'd pay the taxes on any appearances he made after winning the show? When he gave that interview, he said that CBS said that they'd pay the taxes on the show as well as the appearances, but even before that he just said the show's prize money.
He can't even keep his story straight.
Rate this is going, Hatch is going to be the model spokesperson for enforcing stricter rules on suing while incarcerated. In this case, if they keep putting in petty suits that yo-yo like this, when they're overturned, the criminal has to pay the expenses and possibly longer jail time for the frivolous lawsuit.
(BTW - I am calling Hatch a criminal because he was found guilty of not paying his taxes... and even if CBS did in fact say that they'd pay the taxes for his silence (which I doubt - even more so given the "Manhunt" controversy a few years back), they wouldn't have promised future appearances because they couldn't control what he said. Well that and no one at the time would know how big of a boom there would be in the reality industry.)