True story; The last paragraph is unbelievable! Court won't let inmate ship sperm to wife Harriet Chiang, Chronicle Legal Affairs Writer Tuesday, November 19, 2002 The U.S. Supreme Court denied Monday an unusual request by a California inmate to impregnate his wife through artificial insemination. The justices left intact a federal appeals court ruling that inmates do not have a constitutional right to procreate. The action dashes the parental hopes of William Gerber, 42, who wanted to ship a special overnight package to his wife, Evelyn -- via a sperm bank -- containing a semen sample. He was willing to pay all costs. Gerber, who is in Ironwood State Prison in Riverside County, is not allowed conjugal visits because he has no parole date. He is serving a three-strikes sentence of 111 years to life for firing a gun into his television set.