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Article • December 12, 2017
Filed under: Bail, Bail Bonds
Efforts to End “Scourge of Money Bail” Meeting with Success by David Reutter By David M. Reutter The initiative by Equal Justice Under Law to end the incarceration pending trial of persons too poor to post bail is reaping positive outcomes.  Each day, there are about 500,00 human beings who ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Missouri DOC Director Replaced after String of Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuits by After eight years on the job, Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) director George Lombardi submitted a letter of resignation to then-Governor Jay Nixon on December 14, 2016. Lombardi, who spent over 31 years in corrections, agreed to resign ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Eighth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Prisoners’ Suit over Repeated Overnight Deprivation of Clothing by Reversing the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by pretrial detainees at a Missouri jail, the Eighth Circuit held in a January 17, 2017 decision that depriving them of clothing up to three nights a week was ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Missouri Town Pays $1.2 Million to Settle Lawsuit over Jail Suicide by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On March 13, 2017, the city of Pagedale, Missouri agreed to pay $1.2 million to the family of a woman who hung herself at the city jail two-and-a-half years earlier. The resolution of ...
Article • November 28, 2017
Filed under: War on Drugs, Sentencing, Parole
Missouri’s Release of Pot Dealer Doing LWOP Gives Hope to Nonviolent Drug Offenders Incarcerated Nationwide by Joe Watson By Joe Watson Jeff Mizanskey, a 62 year old Missouri state prisoner serving life without parole (LWOP) on a nonviolent drug conviction, was released on Sept, 2, 2015, eliciting cautious optimism that ...
Article • November 7, 2017 • from PLN November, 2017
Missouri Has Difficulty Retaining Provider for Execution Drugs by David Reutter by David M. Reutter The Missouri Department of Corrections ran afoul of the state’s public records laws when it tried to withhold its source of propofol, a lethal injection drug, a state court judge ruled. That’s when the drug’s ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Eighth Circuit Greenlights Jail Detainee’s Excessive Force Claim, but Loss at Trial Affirmed on Appeal by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a district court’s ruling that held a jail detainee’s excessive force and assault and battery claims could not go forward. ...
Article • September 1, 2017
Eighth Circuit: Pepper Spraying Prisoner's Genitals Not Excessive Force by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has affirmed a district court's finding that a Missouri prison guard did not use excessive force when he pepper sprayed a prisoner four times, including ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Missouri Prisoner’s IRA May be Seized for Incarceration Costs by The Missouri Court of Appeals has held that a trial court erred as a matter of law in finding that a federal statute pre-empted the Missouri Incarceration Reimbursement Act (MIRA) and precluded attachment of a prisoner’s Individual Retirement Account (IRA). ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Filed under: Food, Qualified Immunity
Eighth Circuit Rejects Qualified Immunity on Inadequate Nutrition Claim by On June 13, 2016, the Eighth Circuit affirmed a district court’s denial of qualified immunity to several defendants on a civilly-committed sex offender’s inadequate nutrition claim. Thomas Ingrassia was civilly committed to the Missouri Sexual Offender Rehabilitation and Treatment Services ...
Brief • July 14, 2017
Ferguson v. Short, MO, Judgment, Wrongful Conviction, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI RYAN FERGUSON, Plaintiff, v. ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 14-04062-CV-C-NKL ) JOHN SHORT, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) JUDGMENT IN A CIVIL CASE ___ Jury Verdict. This ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Eighth Circuit Declines to Block Subpoena Requiring Missouri to Disclose Identities of Execution Drug Suppliers by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Richard Jordan and Ricky Chase, on death row in Missouri, challenged lethal injection as an execution method by contending it was cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the ...
Article • June 14, 2017
Federal Court Orders Missouri Police to Answer Questions, Produce Documents in False Arrest Lawsuit by On April 10, 2014, United States District Court Judge Carol E. Jackson, sitting in the Eastern District of Missouri, issued an order requiring the police defendants in a false arrest civil rights lawsuit to answer ...
J.G. V. Arnott, MO, Judgement, Search of Transgender Woman in Jail, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI SOUTHERN DIVISION J.G., ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 16-03347-CV-S-REL ) ) ) ) Plaintiff, v. JAMES ARNOTT, et al., Defendants. JUDGMENT Pursuant to Federal ...
Brief • 2017
Filed under: Respiratory, Smoking
Washington v. Denney, MO, Order to Amend Policy, Smoking, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI ECCLESIASTICAL DENZEL WASHINGTON, Plaintiff, v. LARRY DENNEY, et al. Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. 14-CV-06118-SJ-NKL STIPULATED ORDER ON PLAINTIFF’S MOTION ...
Brief • 2017
Filed under: Respiratory, Smoking
Washington v. Denney, MO, Verdict, Smoking, 2017 VERDICT Note: Complete this form by writing in the names required by your verdict. On plaintiff Ecclesiastical Denzel Washington ' s claim against defendant Larry Denney, as submitted in Instruction No. 15, we find in favor of (Plaintiff Washington) or (Defendant Denney) On ...
Ramirez v. Jackson County, MO, Petition, Excessive Force, 2017 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI KANSAS CITY JAMES RAMIREZ 912 W. 12th St. Rolla, MO 65401 Plaintiff, vs. JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI Serve: County Counselor 415 E. 12th Street, 2nd Floor Kansas City, Missouri 64106 and TERRANCE DOOLEY Serve: ...
Breeding v. St. Charles County, MO, Settlement, Wrongful Death Ulcer, 2017 SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS This SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS (hereinafter, the "Agreement") is made and entered into as of the date of signature by the parties and entered into, by and between the ...
Davis v. Tenet Health System, MO, Settlement, Wrongful Death Thrombosis, 2017 0' ~ 0 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE CITY OF ST. LOUIS STATE OF MISSOURI DOROTHY DA VIS, ) ) Plaintiff, vs. TENET HEALTl-I SYSTEM SL, INC., ct al. Defendants. ) Cause No. 1222-CC I 0603 ) ) ...
Brief • May 16, 2017
Filed under: Parole, Juveniles
Gray v. Missouri Dept of Corrections, MO, Petition, Juvenile Parole Constitutionality, 2016 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COLE COUNTY STATE OF MISSOURI ERIC GRAY, Petitioner vs. MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, Respondent )( )( )( )( )( )( )( Cause No._____________________ JURY TRIAL DEMANDED Serve: George Lombardi, 2729 Plaza Drive Jefferson ...
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