ATLANTA, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A federal appellate court has ruled Georgia prison officials may have improperly opened convicted killer Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin's mail outside of his presence.
Al-Amin is the former 1960s militant formerly known as H. Rap Brown, who was once the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the justice minister of the Black Panther Party.
He is serving a life sentence for killing Fulton County sheriff's deputy Ricky Kinchen and wounding another, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday.
In 2005, while incarcerated at Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Al-Amin sued prison officials for opening mail from his wife Karima, an attorney, without him present.
In its decision Monday, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found the prison's mail practice interferes with protected attorney-client communications and impinges on free-speech rights, the newspaper reported.
Since filing the lawsuit, Al-Amin was transferred to Supermax, the nation's most secure federal prison in Florence, Colo.