Should a white-collar criminal be banned from seeing cable television? That’s an issue in the case of Robert Rainey of the Memphis area, who pleaded guilty in a $700,000 bogus-check scam. The Memphis Commercial Appeal says Rainey is contesting the cable TV ban imposed by a judge during a three-year supervision period after his says his 37-month prison term.
U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla told Rainey: “I’m going to require that you do a few things, like cancel cable TV. The whole United States and your neighbor and every other taxpayer and every other premium payer can’t understand why you have got cable TV.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said Rainey could challenge the ban later.