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Prominent Texas Capital Defense Attorney Suspended for a Year by David Dow has near-legendary status among death penalty attorneys in Texas. He works pro bono for clients whose lives literally depend on him; he takes their cases after they arrive on death row, often seeking to right the wrongs committed ...
Article • August 23, 2016
Solitary Confinement Emboldens Recalcitrant Witnesses, Breaks Court's Resolve by A Washington federal court ordered the release of two recalcitrant federal grand jury witnesses, after five months of confinement. In September 2012, Katherine Olejnik and Matthew Duran refused to testify before a Federal Grand Jury. As a result, a Washington federal ...
Article • August 3, 2016
Florida Sheriff Faces Contempt Proceedings for Furlough Program by David Reutter The State Attorney for Florida’s Gadsden County has petitioned a state court to hold the sheriff in contempt for allowing prisoners an eight hour furlough without court approval.  “The inmates involved were supposed to have been held on bond ...
Brief • July 19, 2016
Mackenzie v. Stanford, NY, Order granting contempt motion, parole denial, 2015
Brief • July 19, 2016
Leatherwood et al v. Campbell et al, AL, Mot to hold Def in Contempt, failure to treat accommodate HIV, 2005 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA WESTERN DIVISION ) ) ) ) ANTONIO LEATHERWOOD, ERIC HOWARD, JERRY SANFORD, JOHN LEVINS, MICHAEL PATRICK, and, individually ...
Brief • June 7, 2016
Hesterberg v. United States, CA, Order Granting Def Mot PSJ, False Arrest Excessive Force for Leash Law Violation, 2014 Hesterberg v. United States Of America et al Doc. 88 1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 GARY HESTERBERG, 7 Case No. 13-cv-01265-JSC Plaintiff, ...
Brief • June 6, 2016
Black Warrior Riverkeeper v. Alabama Utility Services, AL, Judgment, failure to comply with settlement, 2015 FILED Case 2:13-cv-00410-AKK Document 44 Filed 04/07/15 Page 1 of 4 2015 Apr-07 PM 02:36 U.S. DISTRICT COURT N.D. OF ALABAMA UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION BLACK WARRIOR RIVERKEEPER, INC., ...
Brief • April 20, 2016
Heard et al. v. Finco, MI, Memo Order holding in contempt, religious diet, 2015 Case 1:13-cv-00373-GJQ-HWB Doc #191 Filed 05/04/15 Page 1 of 12 Page ID#1720 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN SOUTHERN DIVISION __________________________ LAMONT HEARD, et al., Plaintiffs, v. Case No. 1:13-CV-373 TOM FINCO, ...
Article • January 11, 2016
Georgia Debtor Prison Challenged by Cellphone video of a judge threatening to jail indigent defendants in Bowdon, Georgia, for failure to pay fines and fees prompted a policy change.  Yet, so called “debtors prisons” are still a problem in the state. While in court to contest citations, including one for ...
Article • June 10, 2015
Contempt Adjudication is Not Conviction of Offense for Purposes of Oregon Criminal Record Law by Contempt Adjudication is Not Conviction of Offense for Purposes of Oregon Criminal Record Law On October 9, 2013, the Oregon Court of Appeals held that contempt of court adjudication is not the conviction of an ...
Article • November 15, 2013 • from PLN November, 2013
Debtors' Prisons Returning to America by David Reutter As the United States was becoming an independent nation with its own values and form of government, it discarded an archaic English system that drove the poor into greater poverty. When the U.S. ended the practice of debtors’ prisons in 1833, it ...
Idaho: Federal Court Unseals Pleadings, Holds CCA in Contempt for Violating Settlement Agreement by On August 16, 2013, U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter, sitting by designation, unsealed a number of court documents related to a contempt motion seeking sanctions against Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest ...
Filing • June 28, 2013
Prison Legal News v. Sheriff Cox (NV DOC), Motion for an Order to Show Cause Why Defendants Should Not Be Held in Contempt 2013 Case 3:00-cv-00373-HDM-WGC Document 51 Filed 06/28/13 Page 1 of 16 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 ...
Idaho DOC Settles 30-year-old Class-action Lawsuit by Idaho officials first tried to suppress what they called an “inflammatory” and “libelous” report filed by a court-appointed expert in a longstanding suit involving the state’s prison system. They then finally agreed to settle the 30-year-old litigation based upon the report’s findings. In ...
Article • June 15, 2012
Ninth Circuit agrees with Defendant and Reverses Contempt Conviction by Derek Gilna By Derek Gilna Although agreeing with the government that the defendant, James Kimsey was "no saint," the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Kimsey that he could not be held in contempt for failure to obey a ...
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Defies Court Order, Refuses to Allow Attorney to Take Photographs of Injured Prisoner by Claiming there was “nothing to hide,” Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore nevertheless defended the decision of the Sheriff’s Department not to comply with a court order authorizing an ...
Article • November 15, 2011 • from PLN November, 2011
U.S. Supreme Court Holds Civil Contemptor Facing Incarceration Requires Procedural Safeguards Absent Counsel by The U.S. Supreme Court held on June 20, 2011 that counsel need not be provided to a person facing civil contempt for failure to pay child support so long as the state has “in place alternative ...
Article • July 15, 2011 • from PLN July, 2011
Georgia: Child Support Contempt Findings Create Debtor’s Prisons by David Reutter by David M. Reutter The Great Recession has put millions of Americans out of work, which has caused more people than usual to become delinquent on their child support obligations and other debts. Many courts, especially those in Georgia ...
Contempt Order Upheld Against Kentucky DOC Commissioner by by Mark Wilson On August 15, 2008, the Kentucky Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed a lower court order holding former Dept. of Corrections Commissioner John Rees in contempt of court. Fifteen-year-old Daniel Ottman pleaded guilty to first-degree assault following a 2004 shooting ...
Article • May 15, 2010 • from PLN May, 2010
Closed Door Justice: Court Seeks Disbarment of Attorney in Secret by Brandon Sample The story of Herbert Moncier, a prominent attorney in Knoxville, Tennessee, seems foreign, as if it were from another time and place. In fact, it is almost Gestapo-like. Moncier’s problems began on November 17, 2006 during a ...
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