Today's Roanoke Times reports here on the following exchange between Chief Judge Samuel Wilson of the W.D. Va. and counsel for a convicted murderer facing federal charges for sending threatening letters from prison:
"Defense attorney Christopher Tuck said his client was a model inmate at Bland before his current situation sent him to Red Onion State Prison. After nearly 30 years in prison, during which a co-defendant in his crime was released, Easter became frustrated and wrote things he didn't mean, Tuck told the judge.
That argument provoked the following exchange:
Tuck: "You can't imagine what it's like to be incarcerated for that kind of time. There are times of frustration and you lash out and you write letters."
Wilson: "Well, when you commit murder, you don't have any reason to lash out."
In the print edition (which I just read at my house), the story continued:
Tuck: "None of us has been in prison for 30 years."
Wilson: "None of us has committed murder, either."