'Survivor' winner wants court-appointed lawyer

By the Associated Press | August 22, 2011 | 11:55 AM EDT

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2010 file photo, reality TV star Richard Hatch, a former contestant on "Survivor," leaves federal court in Providence, R.I., where he was charged of violating terms of his probation on his tax evasion sentence. The headlines include a murder, drug trafficking, overdoses, financial ruin and custody disputes and divorces that play out in the tabloids as much as they do courtrooms. Experts caution reality TV is not to blame, but the full impact on its participants and the sizable audience is not yet known. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, file)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The jailed winner of the first season of "Survivor" is fighting for a court-appointed lawyer to help him with an appeal on his probation violation.

Filings in U.S. District Court in Providence, R.I., made public last week show Richard Hatch believes he should be given free legal representation.

The 50-year-old Newport resident is in a federal prison in West Virginia. He was ordered back behind bars in March for nine months for failing to pay taxes on his $1 million winnings from the CBS reality show.

Hatch is appealing that decision to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Lincoln Almond is recommending Hatch be denied free legal counsel. He says the appeal is not "taken in good faith."