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Indian activist Eddie Hatcher, imprisoned for his part in taking hostages at the ROBERSONIAN newspaper in Lumberton in 1988, has been released. He speaks of his life before the takeover, his life in prison where he contracted AIDS, and his future plans.
Activist Eddie Hatcher remains in prison following his re-arrest on charges of kidnapping. Hatcher and Timothy Jacobs took hostages at the offices of the Robesonian to bring attention to the corruption of local law enforcement officers. Hatcher was acquitted in October of 1988, but re-arrested and has claimed he is a political prisoner. He believes there is a conspiracy against him and by holding him in Raleigh’s Central Prison’s “safekeeping” section as he awaits trial, state officials are trying to break him. Hatcher's personal history explored as he discusses his activism.
UNC law professor, Barry Nakell, has been prevented from representing Eddie Hatcher as his lawyer. Nakell is a civil rights attorney and was selected by Hatcher to represent his case. A series of actions by state officials and judges has prevented this. Nakell has been accused of pursuing a “frivolous” lawsuit on behalf of Hatcher and thrown out of a court room where he was not allowed to speak on behalf of his client. Hatcher has been forced to represent himself as a result. Nakell and other civil rights lawyers involved in the case see this as a conspiracy to deny Hatcher of his chosen legal team.