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Ninth Circuit Adopts Test to Excuse Exhaustion of Administration Remedies for Retaliatory Threats by The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals joined other circuits in holding that a prisoner’s fear of retaliation may be sufficient to render the grievance procedure unavailable. The Court adopted a test that requires both a subjective ...
Discriminatory Firing of BOP Results in Jury Verdict, Settlement of $280,000 by A California federal jury found the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) liable for discrimination against a former investigative lieutenant.  The parties eventually settled the matter for $280,000. Isaac A. Asberry, a black male, worked for over 17 years at ...
Article • March 1, 2016 • from PLN March, 2016
Arkansas Prisoner Prevails in Excessive Force Case by David Reutter A prisoner who was subjected to excessive force and denied due process at the Pike County Detention Center in Murfreesboro, Arkansas received $501 plus court costs following a summary judgment order and settlement agreement. Prisoner Alan C. Onstad was caught ...
Ninth Circuit: Prisoner’s Service of Process for Other Prisoner Not Protected Conduct by Mark Wilson Ninth Circuit: Prisoner’s Service of Process for Other Prisoner Not Protected Conduct by Mark Wilson On September 10, 2013, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a prisoner’s retaliation claim, holding that ...
$57,500 Settlement for Texas Prison’s Discriminatory and Retaliatory Occurrences by In October 2006, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) settled a suit for alleged discriminatory and retaliatory occurrences filed by former TDCJ's Parole Division Supervisor in San Antonio Manuel M. Mermea, Jr. In June 26, 2003, Mermea filed the ...
Washington Jail Prisoner Settles Retaliation Claim for $10,000 by Washington State’s Pierce County has agreed to pay $10,000 to settle a federal lawsuit that claimed a prisoner was subjected to retaliation in the form of solitary confinement for exercising his First Amendment right of access to the courts. Neil Grenning ...
Sixth Circuit: Prisoner’s “Insolent Speech” at Disciplinary Hearing Not Protected Under First Amendment by The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals granted summary judgment to prison guards and nurses on a Michigan prisoner's retaliation, excessive force and denial of medical care claims. On July 21, 2004, Michigan prisoner James A. Lockett ...
California Prisoners Seek End to Long-Term Segregation, Oppressive SHU Conditions by There are many forms of political and social protest. They can be purely for the sake of being disruptive or they can aim for resolution of a particular issue. Of course, even when they seek the latter they invariably ...
Illinois DOC Control Unit Case Certified as Class Action by An Illinois federal court certified a suit related to prisoner confinement in an Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) maximum security unit as a class action. Thirty-two past and present prisoners of the Tamms Correctional Center (Tamms) maximum security unit brought ...
Tennessee CCA Warden Denied Summary Judgment for Excessive Force by A Tennessee federal court denied a private prison warden summary judgment on an excessive force claim for assaulting a handcuffed prisoner. James Ingram was a prisoner at the Hardeman County Correctional Facility (HCCF) in Tennessee, which is operated by Corrections ...
California Settles Suit over Damage to Prisoner's Medical Prostheses by Larry Edwards, a California state prisoner filed a federal civil rights action after a guard at the California State Prison-Solano allegedly damaged his medical brace and glasses and then, along with other guards, threatened him with retaliatory disciplinary action and ...
Colorado Prison Murder Prosecutions Include Coerced Witnesses, Withholding of Evidence by In January 2011, a Powers County, Colorado jury acquitted a prisoner who was charged in the stabbing death of another prisoner. Prior to trial, prison officials were accused of using coercion to persuade prisoners to testify for the prosecution, ...
Folsom Prison Officials Settle Prisoner Retaliation Suit for $325 by In May 2009, Folsom Prison officials agreed to a settlement of a federal suit filed by prisoner Norman Gregory, alleging that in 2004 they had engaged in a series of retaliatory actions against Gregory. The suit settled for $325 with ...
BOP Fails to Prove Non-Exhaustion Following Pavey Hearing by Mark Wilson On June 7, 2011, an Illinois U.S. District Court held that federal prison officials had failed to satisfy their burden of proving a prisoner did not exhaust administrative remedies before bringing suit. Chad Alan Hicks was confined at the ...
Article • November 15, 2011 • from PLN November, 2011
“Public Concern” Test Does Not Apply to Prisoner Retaliation Claims; Speech Must be Consistent with Status as a Prisoner by Brandon Sample The “public concern” test does not apply to prisoner claims of retaliation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held on March 31, 2010. Nonetheless, to ...
Florida Prisoner’s Retaliation Claim Reinstated by The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the dismissal of a Florida prisoner’s civil rights action alleging retaliation and due process violations. The Florida federal district court dismissed the action during the initial screening state, finding that prisoner Glenn Smith failed to state a ...
D.C. District Court Partially Dismisses Lawsuit by BOP CMU Prisoners by A lawsuit filed on behalf of prisoners held in Communication Management Units (CMUs) at federal prisons in Terre Haute, Indiana and Marion, Illinois, which alleged violations of their Constitutional rights due to placement in the CMUs, as well as ...
"Public Concern" Test Does Not Apply To Prisoner Claims of Retaliation; Speech Must Be Consistent with Status as Prisoner by Brandon Sample "Public Concern" Test Does Not Apply To Prisoner Claims of Retaliation; Speech Must Be Consistent with Status as Prisoner By Brandon Sample The "public concern" test does not ...
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