jamil_abdullah_al-amin.jpgATLANTA (AP) _ A federal appeals panel has rejected a motion filed by an imprisoned 1960s black militant who claimed his legal mail was improperly read by prison officials.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected the lawsuit seeking punitive damages filed by Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, who gained fame as a Black Panthers leader known as H. Rap Brown. He was sentenced to life in prison in 2000 for the killing of a Georgia deputy.

Al-Amin filed a grievance in 2003 claiming that Georgia prison officials were opening mail from his wife, who is an attorney, outside his presence in a violation of state policy.

The three-judge panel's ruling Tuesday concluded that a federal judge was right to dismiss the case because Al-Amin failed to meet the law's standards.