Survivor winner seeks release from US prison

March 26, 2009 4:05:03 PM PDT
"Survivor" winner Richard Hatch has asked a judge to release him from a four-year prison sentence for evading taxes on the $1 million prize he won on the debut season of the CBS reality series.

Hatch filed the request Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Providence. A judge has not yet ruled on the matter.

Hatch, who is serving as his own lawyer, is now being held in a federal prison in West Virginia.

In court filings, Hatch said he is innocent, was represented by an ineffective lawyer and that a judge improperly calculated his sentence.

Prosecutors say they'll respond to Hatch's motion in the coming weeks.

The U.S. Supreme Court refused in October to consider Hatch's case.

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