No. A131276.

206 Cal.App.4th 1259 (2012)

142 Cal. Rptr. 3d 388

In re JAMES CRAWFORD on Habeas Corpus.

Court of Appeals of California, First District, Division Two.

As modified June 13, 2012.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Donald H. Specter and Kelly Knapp , under appointments by the Court of Appeal, for Petitioner James Crawford.

Kamala D. Harris , Attorney General, Jennifer A. Neill , Assistant Attorney General, Jessica Blonien and Jennifer G. Ross , Deputy Attorneys General, for Respondent The People.



Petitioner James Crawford, an inmate housed at Pelican Bay State Prison and a validated gang member, attempted to send a letter through the prison mail system. The letter was addressed to a newspaper and argued that certain California inmates (including petitioner) should be recognized as political prisoners. Prison officials confiscated the letter after concluding it threatened prison security because in it petitioner...

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