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Bad Call: Convicted Killer Alex Murdaugh Disciplined for Using Phone to Do Interview for New Fox Documentary

Alex Murdaugh Loses Phone Privileges After Fox Interview: Officials
Source: Mega

No more phone privileges for Alex Murdaugh after he violated prison policy.

Aug. 31 2023, Published 11:14 a.m. ET

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Following a news interview and unauthorized use of another inmate's PIN number for a phone call, convicted double murderer Alex Murdaugh has been found guilty of two internal disciplinary infractions while in prison, according to authorities.

As Front Page Detectives previously reported, a jury found Alex, 55, guilty of brutally murdering his wife Maggie, 52, and younger son Paul, 22, at the family’s estate in South Carolina on the night of June 7, 2021, and he is currently serving two consecutive life sentences.

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On Aug. 9, Murdaugh gave an interview and information to his lawyer, Jim Griffin, which was used for the Fox Nation docu-series The Fall of the House of Murdaugh.

According to the South Carolina Department of Corrections, Murdaugh “willingly and knowingly abused his telephone privileges to communicate with the news and media for his own gain.”

A disciplinary hearing was held on Aug. 28 for the new charges and Murdaugh lost his telephone, tablet and canteen privileges for 30 days, officials said.

The SCDC does not allow inmates to do interviews. In a statement, they said, “SCDC's interview policy is rooted in victims' rights and is longstanding. The department believes that victims of crime should not have to see or hear the person who victimized them or their family member on the news. Inmates lose the privilege of speaking to the news media when they enter SCDC.”

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They clarified that these charges are not a violation of law, but a violation of the policies put in place for the SCDC and its inmates.

Authorities said the interview information was given from Murdaugh to his attorney through a legal call, which are not recorded per attorney/client privilege.

However, “Griffin recorded Murdaugh reading the information and provided it to the media,” officials said.

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In a letter to Murdaugh’s attorney, the SCDC said, “Your actions, whether you intended or not, assisted Mr. Murdaugh in violating our policy and could jeopardize your telephonic communications with him in the future. Attorney calls are provided to assist with legal claims, not for other unrelated purposes.”

The SCDC said they will determine when and if Murdaugh will earn the opportunity to be issued a tablet again.


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