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Article • December 13, 2017
Sixth Circuit Upholds Denial of Summary Judgment to Prison Officials in Michigan Failure-to-Protect Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton On April 15, 2016, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit let stand a federal district court ruling which denied summary judgment to Wayne County, Michigan, jail ...
Article • December 13, 2017
Sixth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Dismissal in Lawsuit Filed by Man Wrongfully Convicted of Arson, Murder by On September 1, 2016, the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a district court order dismissing most of a lawsuit filed by a man who spent 26 years in prison for an ...
Article • December 12, 2017
Filed under: Food
New Food Vendor, Same Old Problems in Michigan Prisons by David Reutter A new food contractor maintained relative peace for the first few months, but in the face of poor meals, Michigan prisoners have staged a protest. As PLN reported, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) was forced in 2015 ...
Article • December 11, 2017
$4,000 to Subject of Esquire article "The Tunnel" in Retaliation Lawsuit against Michigan Prison Officials by Lonnie Burton
Brief • December 4, 2017
Meiers v. Ottawa Cty, MI, Motion to Remove Vilke Expert Witness Testimony, 2017 Case 1:15-cv-00866-PLM-RSK ECF No. 215 filed 12/04/17 PageID.3012 Page 1 of 17 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN _____________________________ VENESSA MEIRS, as Personal Representative Case No.: 1:15-cv-00866-PLM-RSK of the ESTATE OF SCOTT MEIRS, U.S. District ...
$1.75 Million Settlement in Michigan Prisoner's Wrongful Death Case by Christopher Zoukis By Christopher Zoukis The estate of a woman who died while detoxing in a Kalamazoo, Michigan county jail settled a wrongful death claim for $1.75 million on November 15, 2013. Andrea Suzanne Armstead, 21, was booked into the ...
Article • November 30, 2017
Filed under: Juveniles
Michigan Juveniles Entitled to Benefit of Miller & Montgomery Resentencing by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit remanded a suit challenging Michigan juvenile life without parole (LWOP) statutes, to address the issues under the legal landscape established by the United States ...
Article • November 30, 2017
Michigan Court Forced to End “Pay or Stay” Policy by David Reutter by David Reutter A Michigan state district court judge was ordered to end a “pay or stay” policy that he used to toss poor defendants in jail for their inability to pay fines, fees and court costs. The ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Prisoners in Flint, Michigan Lied to About Water Crisis; Lawsuit Settles by David Reutter by David M. Reutter As the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, Michigan developed in 2015 and 2016, detainees held at the Genesee County Jail (GCJ) were told the water they drank, cooked with and bathed in ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Michigan Court Forced to End “Pay or Stay” Policy by David Reutter by David M. Reutter A Michigan state district court judge was ordered to end a “pay or stay” policy that he used to toss poor defendants in jail for their inability to pay fines, fees and court costs.  ...
Michigan Sheriff Settles PLN Censorship Suit for $295,000 by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna In June 2017, Prison Legal News obtained a substantial settlement from the Livingston County, Michigan Sheriff’s Office in a censorship lawsuit. The Livingston County jail agreed to settle after five years of litigation that challenged the ...
Article • September 6, 2017
Prison Cannot Restrict Legal Visits by a Prisoner's Family Member/Attorney by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis Michigan Department of Corrections Rule 607, which mandated that an attorney who is also a family member of a prisoner could not have legal visits with the prisoners, has been ruled unconstitutional. The Rule ...
Article • August 22, 2017
Michigan Prisoner Receives $4,000 for Injuries Sustained After Staff Ignore Bottom Bunk Directive by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On August 18, 2015, the state of Michigan agreed to pay a prisoner $4,000 to settle a lawsuit in which prison staff deliberately ignored a medically-issued "bottom bunk detail" and the ...
Article • August 10, 2017
Juvenile Sex Offender from Michigan Required to Register in Kentucky; Court Holds Adjudication Counts as Conviction for Registration Purposes by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On October 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of Kentucky upheld the conviction of a former Michigan man for failing to register as a sex offender ...
Article • August 7, 2017
$750,000 Settlement for MI Man Wrongfully Jailed for Murder of Girlfriend's Infant Son by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Matthew Ditzhazy, who was acquitted of charges that he murdered his girlfriend’s 19-month-old son, reached a $750,000 settlement agreement in July 2008 with the city of Lincoln Park, Mich., near Detroit, ...
Brief • July 25, 2017
Filed under: Money/Property
Fowler v. Johnson, MI, Complaint, Driver's License Suspensions, 2017 2:17-cv-11441-LVP-MKM Doc # 1 Filed 05/04/17 Pg 1 of 32 Pg ID 1 THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN ____________________________________ ) ADRIAN FOWLER and KITIA HARRIS, ) on behalf of themselves and ) others similarly situated, ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Former Michigan Prisoner Claims Sewage Spill Linked to Hepatitis C by Panagioti Tsolkas by Panagioti Tsolkas "That was just like opening a fire hydrant" is how former Michigan state prisoner Glen Lilly described the thousands of pounds of raw sewage that flooded the basement at the Parnall Correctional Facility as ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Michigan Jail Sanctioned for Denying Access to Paralegals by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna On June 23, 2016, jail officials in Genesee County, Michigan entered into a federal consent decree that required them to provide detainees with bottled water to replace water at the jail that was contaminated by lead. ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Michigan Prisoner’s Suicide Under Investigation; Lawsuit Filed by David Reutter by David Reutter A Michigan prison guard has been criminally charged following an investigation into her role in a prisoner’s suicide – an investigation that also resulted in a federal lawsuit and an admission of misconduct from the Michigan Department ...
Article • June 9, 2017 • from PLN June, 2017
Michigan Prison Plagued by Sewage Problems Despite Repeated Complaints by Panagioti Tsolkas by Panagioti Tsolkas The Parnall Correctional Facility in Jackson County, Michigan doesn’t have an official gas chamber. In fact, it’s considered a low-security prison. But recent conditions at Parnall have been poisoning prisoners through prolonged exposure to sewage ...
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