PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The American Civil Liberties Union has joined a legal fight over a Pennsylvania law it says silences convicts.
The organization challenged the law in federal court Thursday, saying it stifles advocacy and debate on prison issues.
The law allows violent-crime victims to take legal action when they feel an offender’s conduct is perpetuating the effect of the crime.
Gov. Tom Corbett signed the law in October after Mumia Abu-Jamal made a recorded speech to a Vermont commencement.
Corbett says the state wanted to curb the “obscene celebrity” cultivated by convicts like Abu-Jamal.
Abu-Jamal and prisoner-rights groups have also sued.
Abu-Jamal is serving a life sentence for the 1981 killing of a Philadelphia police officer.
He has drawn international support for claims he’s the victim of a racist justice system.
Copyright 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.