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Murderer sues state for right to look at porn

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Dwight Pink, Jr. is suing the state over what he calls his right to view sexually explicit materials. (DOC photo) By Stephanie Baumer Dwight Pink, Jr. is suing the state over what he calls his right to view sexually explicit materials. (DOC photo) By Stephanie Baumer

CHESHIRE, CT (WFSB) - A convicted murderer at a prison in Cheshire, Connecticut thinks he should be able to view sexually explicit materials.

Dwight Pink, Jr., 40, said he is suing the state because the ban on pornography in prison violates his constitutional rights.

Pink is serving a 50-year sentence at the Cheshire Correctional Institution for his part in the 1998 murder of a 35-year-old father of two in Old Saybrook.

Despite the conviction for a violent crime, Pink believes it’s his right to view such material behind bars.

Some folks Eyewitness News spoke with were baffled that Pink would have the audacity to ask for such a thing.

“Absolutely not,” said Tammy McKechnie of Rocky Hill. “It’s not their right. It’s not their privilege. They’re in there for a reason.”

The lawsuit stems from Pink’s rejected request to get a book called “Art Models 7.” The book contains photos of men and women in various poses and shows how to draw the human form.

“They’re supposed to be in there to better themselves,” said Luis Figueroa of Rocky Hill. “So I don’t think they should be allowed to do that.”

“They got arrested for a crime they did and they shouldn’t be watching women or porn or anything like that,” agreed Semir Huric, also of Rocky Hill.

In 2012, the state Department of Corrections banned printed material depicting sexual activity or nudity.

Pink’s suit claims prison guards have used that policy to deny him the art book, which he says is a violation of his free speech rights.

The state filed its response on Monday and said Pink has not been harmed by the ban and that none of his rights have been violated.

Still, some people aren’t so sure about that.

“While I disagree with the subject matter, I think it might be an infringement of rights as an American even though you are incarcerated,” said Dustin Schultz of Rocky Hill.

Pink is not just suing to get a look at the book. He’s also asking for his attorneys’ fees and an additional $25,000.

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