PHOENIX-- An appeals court has resurrected a lawsuit by an Arizona death-row inmate who alleged a prison officer violated his constitutional rights by reading a letter he had written to his lawyer.
A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in prisoner Scott D. Nordstrom's appeal that the Constitution doesn't let prison officers read outgoing letters between inmates and their lawyers.
The ruling revived Nordstrom's legal claims and sent his lawsuit back to a lower court, but it doesn't make any changes to his convictions or death sentence.
Nordstrom was convicted of killing six people in two robberies in 1996 in Tucson.
Two people were killed at a smoke shop in one robbery.
Four people were killed during a hold-up 14 days later at a social club.