Jailed Wall Street Lawyer Launches Lawsuit against Prison Officials for Not Being Able to Order Jigsaw Puzzles
A jailed Wall Street lawyer claims that his first Amendment rights are being breached by the ban on jigsaw puzzles imposed by the US Bureau of Prisons, due to the fact that there could be a fire hazard.
Alan Berkun has been in jail for six years for stock fraud and ordered to pay over $3 million in restitution to his victims. Berkun says that prison officials are being ‘irrational’ in their decision, reports the Daily Mail.
Berkun did what any good lawyer would do, he represented himself on a speaker phone from behind bars as he pleaded his case before a judge and Government lawyers.
‘I should be able to order puzzles from Amazon.com – and I think every prisoner should be allowed this right,’ Berkun said.
Berkun argued that prisoners should be allowed to order puzzles given the fact that they can order books.
Apparently, the judge hearing his case was quite puzzled by the ban on jigsaws.
Berkun is serving his sentence at a low security prison near Miami, Florida.