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Hearing On Prisoner’s Hunger Strike Delayed Until Fall

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ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ A court hearing for a Connecticut inmate who launched a hunger strike six years ago has been pushed off to the fall because of questions about travel documents.

William Coleman, who is from Liverpool, England, is charged with failing to register as a sex offender. He appeared Thursday in Enfield Superior Court and his case was continued to Oct. 30.

Public defender Scott Abkowicz said after the hearing that federal immigration officials need to inform defense lawyers when travel documents are ready.

A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not immediately respond to a request for information.
The 53-year-old Coleman was supposed to be released from prison last December when his eight-year sentence for sexual assault ended, but authorities say he refused to register as a sex offender. He was charged and detained on $50,000 bail.

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