The attorney for Richard Hatch appeared in court in Boston Thursday in an attempt to free the first
winner from federal prison. Hatch is appealing his conviction for tax evasion, claiming that the trial judge did not allow him to testify that he believed CBS was going to pay the taxes on his million-dollar prize. "We weren't allowed to present all the facts," says Michael Minns, Hatch's lawyer. "If we could have presented the entire case, the result would have been different."
The panel of three judges could overturn Hatch's sentence, grant a new trial, or let the original ruling stand. Hatch is currently serving 51 months at the Federal Correction Institution in Morgantown, West Virginia. Even if he wins the appeal, Hatch won't be celebrating immediately - it can take up to two months for the decision to take effect. -
Reporting by TV Guide