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Article • August 21, 2017
Mississippi Supreme Court Allows Challenge of Lethal Injection Protocol to Continue; Reverses Lower Court by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On December 15, 2016, a 5-4 ruling by the Mississippi Supreme Court revived a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 lawsuit brought by a death row prisoner who claimed he will suffer cruel ...
Article • August 21, 2017
Mass. Supreme Court: Prison Guard Not Entitled to Assault Pay After Employment Ends by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On January 21, 2008, prison guard Mark Marchand intervened to protect a fellow employee in an altercation with a prisoner. As a result, Marchand suffered an unspecified knee injury and began ...
Article • August 21, 2017
Filed under: Sentencing, Juveniles
Louisiana Supreme Court Invalidates Juvenile's 99-Year Sentence under Graham v. Florida and Orders Parole Eligibility by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Graham v. Florida, 560 U.S. 48, that life sentences without parole for non-homicide juveniles constituted cruel and unusual punishment. On October ...
Dead Bodies and Billions in Tax Dollars by David Gambacorta by David Gambacorta, The Philadelphia Inquirer The secret, dangerous world of private prisons Something was wrong with Thomas Bryant. He couldn't eat or sleep. His body was drenched in a cold sweat, and he trembled and shook like a radiator ...
Publication • August 11, 2017
HRDC ex part comment to FCC re Chairman Pai's Conflict of Interest Human Rights Defense Center DEDICATED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS August 9, 2017 Secretary Marlene H. Dortch Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554 Re: Ex Parte filing: WC Docket 17-126 WC Docket 12-375 GN Docket ...
Article • August 10, 2017
Filed under: Employee Litigation
Lawsuit by Former Prison Guards to Win Right to Carry Firearms Reinstated After D.C. Federal Court Reverses Summary Judgment by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On June 3, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reversed a D.C. District Court ruling which had granted summary judgment ...
Article • August 10, 2017
Filed under: Public Records Act
Lakewood (WA) Police Department Found in Violation of State Public Records Act by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On May 25, 1016, Division Two of the Washington State Court of Appeals found that the City of Lakewood, Washington, and the Lakewood Police Department (LPD) illegally withheld documents in a Public ...
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 10, 2017
Filed under: Smoking, Commissary
Jails Market E-Cigarettes to Detainees to Generate Revenue by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson Prisons and jails across the country went tobacco-free years ago, to avoid second-hand smoke lawsuits and rising medical care costs. Now, impoverished jails are selling prisoners e- cigarettes, in hopes of profiting off their addiction. “Hope ...
Article • August 10, 2017
"Intellectual Disabilities" End Decade on Oregon's Death Row; State's "Expert" Sharply Criticized by Mark Wilson by Mark Wilson After serving more than ten years on death row, a 60-year old Oregon prisoner had his death sentence vacated and was ruled ineligible for the death penalty, due to an "intellectual disability." ...
Publication • August 10, 2017
FCC comment requesting recusal of Chairman Pai on ICS issues - August 2017 Human Rights Defense Center DEDICATED TO PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS August 9, 2017 Secretary Marlene H. Dortch Federal Communications Commission 445 12th Street SW Washington, DC 20554 Re: Ex Parte filing: WC Docket 17-126 WC Docket 12-375 GN ...
Brief • August 9, 2017
AAAJ-ALC v. DHS, CA, Complaint, Immigration Bond Public Records, 2017 Case 3:17-cv-04388-EDL Document 1 Filed 08/02/17 Page 1 of 27 1 JAYASHRI SRIKANTIAH (CA Bar No. 189556) JENNIFER STARK (CA Bar No. 267062) 2 IMMIGRANTS' RIGHTS CLINIC Mills Legal Clinic at Stanford Law School 3 Crown Quadrangle, 559 Nathan Abbott ...
Butzer v. CoreCivic, FL, Complaint, Juvenile Sexual Assault, 2017 Case 5:17-cv-00360-JSM-PRL Document 1 Filed 08/07/17 Page 1 of 8 PageID 1 Fl LED UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA 2Dl1 AUG - 7 AH 9: 33 CASE NO. ('" ' .. ., LESLEY BUTZER, as Mother and Next ...
Article • August 7, 2017
Wiccan Prisoner Settles with NV DOC Over Denial of Hardbound Religious Books by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Donald Towne, a Nevada state prisoner and practicing Wiccan, reached a settlement of unspecified remedies in July 2008 in his pro se lawsuit against the state’s Department of Corrections (NDOC). Towne alleged ...
Article • August 7, 2017
Settlement for IN Man Deprived of Critical Meds While Incarcerated in County Jail by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Gary L. Marshall, a former Hancock County, Ind. jail prisoner, settled for unspecified damages in June 2008 after he suffered multiple seizures while incarcerated, which he attributed to the jail’s alleged ...
Article • August 7, 2017
NV Prisoner with Hand Injury Settles for Used TV, Medical Evaluation and $40.70 in Copying Fees by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Robert Finley, a Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) prisoner, settled in August 2008 for a used television, $40.70 in legal copying fees and a medical evaluation with follow-up ...
Article • August 7, 2017
Filed under: Wrongful Imprisonment
IN Woman Settles Wrongful Arrest Lawsuit by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Anna Michelle Young, who was wrongfully arrested and incarcerated two days after Christmas in 2003 in Hancock County, Ind., agreed to settle her suit against Sheriff Nicholas Gulling, et al, in August 2008 for unspecified damages. The Hancock ...
Article • August 7, 2017
Filed under: Strip Searches, Bail
$7,500,000 Class-Action Settlement for Illegal Strip-Searches in Camden, NJ by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A class-action, Fourth Amendment lawsuit originally filed by Laverne Hicks and Michael Velez, two New Jersey men who had each been stopped by state police for alleged traffic violations and subsequently strip-searched and jailed by ...
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, ...
Article • August 4, 2017
Filed under: Transportation, Restraints
$500,000 Settlement for Shackled IL Man Thrown from County Jail Transport Van by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A man who was shackled, handcuffed, and in custody when he was thrown out of a moving, Jefferson County, Illinois transport van was awarded $500,000 in July 2008 after his estate settled ...
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