The lawsuit claims that the ban on bulk mail violates the plaintiffs' right to free speech and due process under both the Utah and U.S. constitutions. The plaintiffs seek a Temporary and Permanent Injunction enjoining enforcement of the bulk mail ban; declaratory judgement that the policy is unconstitutional; money damages and attorneys fees.
A federal court in Washington recently ruled that a prison's ban on bulk mail, as applied to PLN , violated the prisoner plaintiff's right to free speech and due process. See: Miniken v. Walter , 978 F. Supp. 1356 (ED WA 1997)[ PLN , Feb. 1998]. PLN is also a plaintiff in litigation challenging the Washington DOC's statewide ban on bulk mail. See: Humanists of Washington v. Lehman . [ PLN , Nov. 1997]
We will report the outcome of the Utah and Washington suits once they are resolved. PLN and Thomas are represented by Brian Barnard and Andrea Garland, attorneys with the Utah Legal Clinic. The case is: Prisoners' Legal News v. Haun , Case No. 98-CV-287C.
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Prisoners' Legal News v. Haun
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