Court orders government to sell Unabomber writings

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ordered [opinion] the US government to sell writings and other materials seized from the home of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski [Wikipedia profile] in 1996 and use the proceeds to contribute to the $15 million awarded to his victims. Kaczynski wanted to donate his works, including journals, letters, an autobiography, and writings arguing that technology reduces human freedom, to the University of Michigan's Labadie collection of social protest [library website], while the government wanted to keep them. Countering the government's argument that forcing Kaczynski to sell the proprty would allow him to profit, Judge Michael Daly Hawkins said, "Applying the revenue from the sale of Kaczynski's property, even inflated by his criminal celebrity status, to his restitution debt would benefit not Kaczynski but the victims of his crimes." AP has more.



 

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