Michael Richardson interviewing Edward Poindexter at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in 2016. Such a recorded interview is now banned by prison officials. (credit: Mary Loan)
Edward Poindexter, Nebraska’s most controversial prisoner, and one of the state’s longest imprisoned at forty-eight years and counting, was denied a news media interview in May during a book tour to Nebraska for FRAMED: J. Edgar Hoover, COINTELPRO & the Omaha Two story. FRAMED documents Poindexter’s claim of innocence. Poindexter is a former Black Panther leader targeted by a clandestine operation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and convicted for a 1970 murder of an Omaha policeman.
The restrictions on news media visits with the ban on recording equipment and requirement to be on an inmate’s personal visiting list of friends and family is a setback to prisoner access to the community. The media ban overturns a longstanding free press tradition in…
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