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    By Lawrence Buser (Contact), Memphis Commercial Appeal
    Originally published 12:15 p.m., September 15, 2009
    Updated 12:15 p.m., September 15, 2009
    Prisons get the flu, too.
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    A sentencing hearing scheduled this week for a Tipton County man convicted of murder-for-hire in the death of his mother is being reset because of a swine-flu outbreak at the federal prison in Memphis.
    Federal prosecutors have filed a motion to postpone sentencing for Billy Johnson which was set for Thursday.
    ?The United States has been advised that FCI Memphis, the facility where the defendant has been incarcerated, has been placed under quarantine because of an outbreak of the H1N1 virus,? federal prosecutor Steve Parker said in court papers.
    ?Because of the quarantine, no prisoners are being allowed to leave the facility for court proceedings. The U.S. Marshall?s Service has advised that the facility will reassess the situation on Sept. 21 (Monday.)?
    A prison spokesman could not be reached, but a recording at the prison said inmate visitation has been canceled until further notice.
    FCI Memphis at Sycamore View near I-40 is a medium security facility that houses 1,382 male prisoners and another 289 minimum security prisoners at a satellite camp....

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    Re: Swine flu hits prison

    Quarantine at Memphis federal prison for swine flu

    9/16/2009, 8:25 a.m. EDT
    The Associated Press

    (AP) ? MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The federal prison in Memphis is under quarantine because of a swine flu outbreak.

    A court filing in a the case of an inmate due for a hearing Thursday stated no prisoners are being allowed to leave Federal Correctional Institution Memphis for court proceedings because of the outbreak.

    Billy Johnson of Tipton County had been scheduled for a hearing on his conviction in a murder-for-hire scheme in the death of his mother.

    The Commercial Appeal reported on Wednesday that a reporter couldn't reach a spokesman for the prison, but a telephone recording stated inmate visitation had been halted until further notice.
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