|RT | Apr 28, 2017|
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On Thursday, Jay Leiderman, Brown’s lawyer, tweeted that Brown was arrested “for trying to talk to the press without BOP [Bureau of Prisons] approval.” He also called the arrest “a terrible affront to the First Amendment” in an interview with Sputnik News.
Brown’s mother, Karen Lancaster, who spoke to him by phone after the arrest, said he was arrested during a routine check-in for what he believes was “his refusal to get ‘permission’ from crews to film and interview him,” according to a note she sent to D Magazine, one of the publications Brown wrote for while in prison.
The note from his mother claims Brown never missed a check-in or bed check from the Federal Board of Prisons (BOP) and never failed a random drug test since he was released to a halfway house last November.
Update from his mom—Barrett Brown re-arrested. Kafkaesque. If this were happening in another country, USG would deplore it. @FreeBarrett_pic.twitter.com/BpZoIAlup4— Barry Eisler (@barryeisler) April 27, 2017
On Wednesday, Brown uploaded a recorded call with the director of the halfway house and his case manager, in which he refused to fill out any forms until he was provided with a written statement that required him to seek approval before participating in interviews.
“You guys are going to carry out this, and you guys are going to characterize this as a refusal - a refusal of an order that they’re not giving me in writing,” Barrett said.
Brown says he was never provided a copy of the form he was arrested for not filling out.
Kevin Gallagher, who runs the Free Barrett Brown website, told Reason that Brown’s supervised release did not include any restrictions on doing interviews with the media.
According to his mother, Brown said there was “never any mention of these rules during the past four months of his federally approved employment at D Magazine when he was working with media and involved with a range of interviews.”
Bureau of Prisons, whose custody BB is still in for another month, is claiming that he can't do press interviews without prior authorization— Free Barrett Brown (@FreeBarrett_) April 26, 2017
So Barrett Brown was just arrested by the Texas penal system because he spoke to me on camera for two days. Utter BS https://t.co/JF3VnAESpW— Ben Makuch (@BMakuch) April 27, 2017