NEWPORT, R.I. - August 19, 2009
Hatch was taken into custody and jailed Tuesday, just hours after interviews aired on WPRO-AM, NBC's "Today" show and WJAR-TV. In those interviews, Hatch said the judge in his tax evasion case discriminated against him because he was gay. He also accused the prosecutor of misconduct.
The Bureau of Prisons will not comment on Hatch's case. But a spokeswoman said all interviews with prisoners serving home confinement terms must be approved first. She says the permission must be requested by and granted to the media outlet.
WPRO host John DePetro says the station didn't get the permission because Hatch called in on his own.
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