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Jailed 'survivor' asks for release

March 28, 2009|Associated Press

"Survivor" winner Richard Hatch wants a judge to free him immediately from a federal prison for evading taxes on the $1-million prize he won on the debut season of the CBS reality series, according to court documents.

Hatch, who is representing himself, filed the request this week in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I. He is now serving a four-year and three-month sentence at a prison in West Virginia.

The reality TV star argued in a 43-page memo that he should be released because he is innocent, was represented by ineffective lawyers and that a judge improperly calculated his prison sentence.

"Hatch's portrayal on 'Survivor' and his media-concocted caricature as villainous and manipulative continue to unfairly bleed into legal proceedings and wield unjust influence," Hatch said.

In October, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider Hatch's appeal.

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