It’s almost certain the due-process procedures required in Heald will be brought up in the coming legal battle over Deane Brown’s shipment to Maryland (see “Inmate Sues Prison Officials in Federal Court,” by Lance Tapley, May 18). Williams, his attorney, in Bar Harbor, says in an e-mail, “the language of the consent judgment in Heald provides a solid basis for arguing that Deane Brown’s transfer to Maryland, also without prior notice or opportunity for hearing, violated Mr. Brown’s due process rights and that the court should grant an injunction ordering the return of Mr. Brown to Maine. We are seriously considering filing for such an injunction.”

Reporter Norma Jane Langford, 74, now a writer in Massachusetts and a communications teacher at Northeastern University, says she filed her suit against the prison system because “they wouldn’t allow me in at all.” The Telegram’s editors backed her up, she says. She remembers that two top editors bargained with state officials. And she is proud that her lawsuit “opened up all institutions to reporters.”

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