PHOENIX– An appeals court has resurrected a lawsuit by an Arizona
death-row inmate who alleged a prison officer violated his constitutional rights
by reading a letter he had written to his lawyer.
A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in
prisoner Scott D. Nordstrom’s appeal that the Constitution doesn’t let prison
officers read outgoing letters between inmates and their lawyers.
The ruling revived Nordstrom’s legal claims and sent his lawsuit back to a
lower court, but it doesn’t make any changes to his convictions or death
Nordstrom was convicted of killing six people in two robberies in 1996 in
Two people were killed at a smoke shop in one robbery.
Four people were killed during a hold-up 14 days later at a social club.