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Article • December 7, 2017
Filed under: Money/Property
Negligent Handling of Property Not Barred by Sovereign Immunity by David Reutter by David Reutter The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania affirmed a trial court's denial of Stephen Palmer's claim of "conversion" of his personal property by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC). It reversed and remanded his claim of negligent ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Filed under: Death Row
Third Circuit: No Death Row Confinement after Death Sentences Vacated by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has ruled against two Pennsylvania prisoners who were held in solitary confinement on death row for years after their death sentences were vacated. In the course ...
Article • December 5, 2017 • from PLN December, 2017
Pennsylvania: Philly D.A. Sentenced to Five Years for Corruption, Disbarred by Monte McCoin by Monte McCoin Former Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, who in 2009 drew acclaim as the first African-American D.A. in the city and the entire Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, was sentenced on October 24, 2017 to five years ...
Article • November 28, 2017
Third Circuit Vacates Dismissal of Grievance Threat Retaliation Claim by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a reasonable fact finder could conclude that a prisoner was issued a misconduct report in retaliation for threatening to file a grievance. Pennsylvania ...
Article • August 29, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Re-entry Program for Federal Prisoners on Supervised Release Has Low Participation by The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania is trying to beef up its Court-Assisted Re-entry Program (CARE), which is available to federal prisoners placed on supervised release after they serve their prison term. The program’s ...
Article • August 22, 2017
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Allows Indigent Criminal Defendants to Sue Over Inadequate Public Defender's Office by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has taken the bold step of finding a new cause of action that would allow indigent criminal defendants to prospectively sue a county for failing to ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$65,000 Awarded to PA Prisoner Neglected by Private Medical Provider by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Darren Johnson, a prisoner at Pennsylvania’s State Correctional Institution (SCI)-Graterford, was awarded $65,000 in a U.S. District Court bench trial in July 2008 after Correctional Physician Services (CPS), SCI-Graterford’s private medical care provider, was ...
Article • July 20, 2017
Filed under: Informants, Bail Bonds
Federal Jailhouse Snitch Testifies Against Former Prison Doctor at Bond Hearing by David Reutter by David Reutter             Federal prosecutors used the testimony of a jailhouse snitch at a bond hearing to argue a doctor charged with tax evasion and fraud should be denied bond because ...
Brief • July 18, 2017
Scott v. Pennsylvania DOC, PA, Settlement, Aphasia Disability Discrimination, 2017 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA DONALD SCOTT, Plaintiff, Civil Action No. 15-72 v. PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS, Defendant, SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE OF ALL CLAIMS This Settlement Agreement and Release of All Claims ...
Brief • July 17, 2017
Sopinski v. Lackawanna County, PA, Complaint, Retaliation for Overtime, 2016 Case 3:16-cv-00466-RDM Document 1 Filed 03/17/16 Page 1 of 13 The Employment Law Firm Cynthia L. Pollick. LLM l.D. No.: 83826 363 Laurel Street Pittston, PA 18640 (570) 654-9675 Attorney for Plaintiff IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE ...
Brief • July 12, 2017
Scott v. Pennsylvania DOC, PA, Aphasia Disability Discrimination, Complaint, 2015 ~----------- ··· ·----·· ·· ·- Case 1:15-cv-00229-JEJ Document 1 Filed 02/02/15 Page 1 of 11 r:tLED HARRISBURG, l_ r ... IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA DONALD SCOTT, FEB O2 zaisw ) ) Plaintiff, ...
Brief • July 10, 2017
Wilson v. Lackawanna County, PA, Complaint, Trans Hormone Therapy, 2017 ·''. ' i;• ·; Case 3:17-cv-01191-RDM Document 1 Filed 07/07/17 Page 1 of 15 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA SPARKLES WILSON a/k/a STEVEN FRITZ 1371 N . WASHINGTON AVENUE SCRANTON, PA 18509 PLAINTIFF v. CIVIL ...
Brief • July 10, 2017
Wilson v. Lackawanna County, PA, Temporary Restraining Order, Trans Hormone Therapy, 2017 .. Case 3:17-cv-01191-RDM Document 2 Filed 07/07/17 Page 1 of 3 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA SPARKLES WILSON a/k/a STEVEN FRITZ 1371 N. WASHINGTON AVENUE SCRANTON, PA 18509 PLAINTIFF CIVIL ACTION - LAW ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Third Circuit Reverses Denial of Class Certification by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has resurrected a challenge to the constitutionality of 8 U.S.C. § 1226(c), the section of the Immigration and Nationality Act that requires mandatory detention of undocumented immigrants who have ...
Third Circuit Finds that Prisoners’ Verbal Grievances are Constitutionally Protected by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has held that a prisoner’s verbal grievance made to prison staff was protected speech under the First Amendment, and gave rise to a civil action when the prisoner ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Ethics Board Fines Former Prisons Commissioner by On May 31, 2017, the Philadelphia Ethics Board levied a $2,000 fine against former Prisons Commissioner Louis Giorla for violating conflict of interest rules that prohibit city employees from benefitting from any of their official actions for two years after leaving ...
Article • June 30, 2017 • from PLN July, 2017
Is Risk Prediction Real Criminal Justice Reform or Junk Science? by Joe Watson by Joe Watson With its criminal justice system bursting at the seams, one state has decided to take a controversial step to alleviate the pressure. In 2015, Pennsylvania officials indicated the state would become the first in ...
Jacobs v. Allegheny County, PA, Verdict, Abuse at Jail, 2017 I Case 2:08-cv-00470-JFC Document 632 Filed 06/23/17 Page 1 of 32 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA ANDRE JACOBS, Plaintiff, V. ALLEGHENY COUNTY, MICHAEL O'KEEFE, WILLIAM EMERICK, RAMON RUSTIN, JAMES DONNIS, RONALD POFI, LOUIS ...
McCreary v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, PA, Complaint, Mental Health Crosswords, 2017 Case 1:17-cv-01011-YK-SES Document 1 Filed 06/09/17 Page 1 of 57 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA JUSAMUEL RODRIGUEZ MCCREARY, RICHARD C. ANAMANYA, and JOSEPH R. COPPOLA, each individually and on behalf of ...
Brief • June 12, 2017
Mikulan v. Allegheny County, PA, Complaint, Age Discrimination FMLA, 2015 Case 2:15-cv-01007-CRE Document 1 Filed 08/03/15 Page 1 of 5 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA WALTER MIKULAN Plaintiff, v. ALLEGHENY COUNTY Defendant. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) C. A. ...
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