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Articles by Kevin Bliss

Missouri federal appeals court affirms mental health department employees hold qualified immunity

by Kevin Bliss

A federal court of appeals held that employees of the Missouri Department of Mental Health (DMH) were entitled to summary judgment against a claim filed by Dwayne Andrews on the basis of qualified immunity.

On August 9, 2003, Andrews experienced an episode of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) ...

Lawsuits allege failings in Pennsylvania elevator shaft deaths of officer, prisoner

Several parties are being sued for their “individual and collective failures” over an elevator linked to the deaths of corrections officer Kristopher Moules and prisoner Timothy D. Gilliam Jr. Both men plunged 59 feet after an elevator door gave way July 18, 2016, at Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

On that ...

Florida prisoner's 14th successive motion yields sanction from state Supreme Court

by Kevin Bliss
The Supreme Court of Florida held that Carlos Woodson filed a frivolous and meritless petition. The court sanctioned Woodson by barring him from any future filings in the case.

Woodson was convicted of burglary and sexual battery in January 1998. Since then, he has filed 14 motions concerning his ...