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Article • February 8, 2017 • from PLN February, 2017
Pennsylvania DOC Ordered to Evaluate Mumia Abu-Jamal for Hep C Treatment by Derek Gilna Pennsylvania state prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, serving a life sentence for murder and diagnosed with hepatitis C, sued the state’s Department of Corrections (DOC) in federal court when he was refused treatment for that life-threatening disease. On ...
$7,500 Settlement in Pennsylvania Prisoner’s “Nuisance Suit” by In January 2016, Pennsylvania’s Northumberland County agreed to pay $7,500 to settle a former prisoner’s lawsuit alleging he was denied access to the courts, visitation, recreation and receipt of incoming publications. While at the Northumberland County Prison, Charles Picarella, Jr., who is ...
Third Circuit Holds Prisons Not Required to Treat Impotence or Infertility by The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has held that prison officials do not have to treat medical conditions that could result in a prisoner’s impotence or infertility. When Shemtov Michtavi was incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in ...
Pennsylvania: $99,000 Settlement for 22 Years in Solitary Confinement by David Reutter A Pennsylvania federal district court held that general issues of material fact required a jury to determine whether a prisoner’s Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement for over 22 years. ...
Article • December 8, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
Heck Satisfied if Ruling Fails to Address Issues but Reverses Conviction by The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held an order vacating a sentence imposed by a lower court constitutes a favorable termination of proceedings under Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994) [PLN, Sept. 1994, p.12], despite the fact ...
Article • December 8, 2016 • from PLN December, 2016
Pennsylvania: DA Apologizes for Undisclosed Gifts by Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams belatedly reported $160,050 in gifts from political and legal connections, raising conflict of interest concerns and prompting an August 19, 2016 apology from the prosecutor to his staff. In an email, Williams apologized for any “distractions” created by ...
Corizon Faces Suit for Failing to Administer Tube Feedings to Pennsylvania Prisoner by Christopher Wallace, 30, was arrested on February 12, 2015 on charges of robbing two banks. According to his attorney, Wallace committed the crimes in a desperate attempt to secure funds to pay for feeding tubes he required ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Former Pennsylvania Prison Doctor Sentenced for Fraud; Accomplices Convicted by The former medical director of Pennsylvania’s Lehigh County Prison (LCP) was sentenced to 41 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to numerous schemes to defraud the government. Dennis Erik Fluck Von Kiel was employed as LCP’s medical director from ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Company Offers Educational Tablets to Prisoners, with Mixed Results by Matthew Clarke A new educational product offered by a private company is being provided to prisoners in an increasing number of the nation’s jails – computer tablets supplied by Chicago-based Edovo (a name derived from “Education Over Obstacles”). Edovo tablets ...
Article • November 8, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Pennsylvania: Former Cop Indefinitely Jailed for Failure to Supply Passwords by In March 2015, former Philadelphia police sergeant Francis Rawls, 37, was identified as a suspect in a child porno­graphy ring. As part of the investigation, Delaware County authorities confiscated several electronic devices from Rawls’ home and requested that he ...
Article • November 7, 2016 • from PLN November, 2016
Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty Moratorium by David Reutter Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in early 2015; predictably, the move was lauded by opponents of capital punishment and despised by those in favor of the death penalty. State prosecutors petitioned the Pennsylvania Supreme ...
Article • October 3, 2016 • from PLN October, 2016
Third Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment in Restraint Chair Case by Mark Wilson The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that a lower court did not follow controlling Supreme Court precedent when granting summary judgment to prison officials on a mentally ill prisoner’s restraint chair-related claim. Since childhood, Pennsylvania prisoner Leonard ...
US District Court Upholds Prisoner's Medical Suit against County and Healthcare Providers by On February 9, 2012 Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania upheld claims of deliberate indifference by individual defendants, vicarious liability of Correctional Medical Care, Inc. ("CMC"), and professional malpractice. Peter D'Agostino, a prisoner in the Montgomery County Correctional ...
Appeals Court Strikes Down Stringent Sex-Offender Probation Conditions by Derek Gilna Charles Murray was sentenced to 95 months' imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, and as part of that sentence was required to fulfill "various special conditions of supervised release that, for example, require(d) him to ...
Article • September 6, 2016
Supreme Court: Judges Who Were Significantly Involved in Cases as Prosecutors Must Recuse by There is a risk of bias that is impermissible under the Due Process Clause where the judge in a case previously had significant, personal involvement in a critical decision in the case while serving as prosecutor.  ...
Sexual Discrimination Suit Against Bureau of Prisons Settled by Christopher Zoukis A complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regarding sexual harassment, abuse and intimidation brought against the Bureau of Prisons has been settled. Lynda Kay Laurin, a Human Resource Specialist at Federal Correctional Institution Allenwood, Pennsylvania, filed her ...
BOP Settles Reverse Discrimination Suit for $2,250 by Christopher Zoukis The Bureau of Prisons settled a discrimination claim brought by Thomas R. Sniezek, a 48-year-old white male, in April 2003. Sniezek, a former associate warden at United States Penitentiary Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, brought an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) complaint against ...
Allegheny County Reaches $2.09 Million Settlement for Prisoner’s Death by A $2.09 million settlement was reached in a lawsuit stemming from the death of a prisoner who was denied medical care at Pennsylvania’s Allegheny County Jail. Derek E. Black, 28, was involved in an April 16, 2012 altercation with another ...
Brief • September 1, 2016
Gartrell v. FBOP, PA, Order denying of Def MTD, RFRA Bivens Action Muslim prayer times and locations, 2011 Case 1:10-cv-02160-WWC Document 39 Filed 10/12/11 Page 1 of 5 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA ISADORE GARTRELL, Plaintiff v. FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS, et al., ...
Article • August 25, 2016
Filed under: DOC/BOP misconduct, Food
Tainted BOP Chicken Dickens 300 Pennsylvania Prisoners by More than 300 prisoners at the U.S.P. Canaan in Waymont, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia, fell ill of salmonella after eating "tainted chicken" used to make fajitas. Four of the 300 were ill enough to necessitate treatment at a local hospital's emergency room for ...
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