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Posted 26 Jun 2000 00:00:00 UTC

Kevin Mitnick's sentence allows his probation officer to relax restrictions to his supervised release as he sees fit. In sentencing hearings Judge Pfaelzer used this caveat to duck the first amendment concerns raised by Kevin's attorneys. However, the probation department seems to have been reluctant to use this discretion, opting instead to use an extremely broad interpretation of the terms. Meanwhile the restrictions have infringed on Kevin's speech and prevented him accepting job offers.

Earlier this week Kevin's attorney asked the court to clarify the terms of supervised release. But instead of clarifying whether or not being a writer was intended to be forbidden, the court simply restated that the probation department can do whatever they want. Unfortunately all they seem to want to do is protect themselves - not rehabilitate Kevin.

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