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Case Name Butler v. McDonough PC-FL-0014
Docket / Court 3:04-cv-00917 ( M.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
On September 20, 2004, current and former prisoners of the Florida State Prison ("FSP") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against prison officials and Florida's Department of Corrections ("DOC"). The plaintiffs, represented by ... read more >
On September 20, 2004, current and former prisoners of the Florida State Prison ("FSP") filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against prison officials and Florida's Department of Corrections ("DOC"). The plaintiffs, represented by Florida Institutional Legal Services and Florida Justice Institute, asked the Court for injunctive and declaratory relief and compensatory and punitive damages for violations of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Specifically, plaintiffs alleged that defendants' use of chemical agents constituted cruel and unusual punishment and torture.

Employees of the Florida DOC are permitted to use chemical agents, including pepper spray and tear gas, under certain circumstances. The plaintiffs, who have various mental, physical, and psychological disorders, alleged that defendants abused their authority. Specifically, plaintiffs claimed that defendants sprayed them with excessive quantities of chemical agents, on multiple occasions, often without first issuing any orders or warnings. As a result, plaintiffs were subjected to severe physical pain and mental distress.

On March 9, 2009, Judge Timothy Corrigan issued a judgment and an injunction. The Court concluded that the policies of the Florida DOC as applied to two of the plaintiffs resulted in violations of the Eighth Amendment. 2009 WL 605306. The Court enjoined FSP officials from allowing the non-spontaneous application of chemical agents to these two plaintiffs without first consulting with mental health staff. The Court also mandated that any non-spontaneous spraying of the two plaintiffs be videotaped. The Court entered judgment for the defendants with respect to the remaining plaintiffs, finding that the use of chemical agents against them was not cruel and unusual. Previously, the parties had stipulated to entry of an order of partial dismissal applicable to the plaintiffs' claims for money damages.

Nate West - 09/28/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Defendant-type
Corrections
Disability
Mental impairment
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Disciplinary procedures
Excessive force
Pepper/OC spray
Restraints : chemical
Torture
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, unspecified
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Florida Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs were current and former inmates of the Florida State Prison who were repeatedly sprayed with chemical agents as a disciplinary technique.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2009 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
3:04-cv-00917 (M.D. Fla.) 06/04/2013
PC-FL-0014-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Initial Complaint and Jury Demand 09/20/2004
PC-FL-0014-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 01/28/2005 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0021.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 01/28/2005 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0022.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Denying Defendants' Motion to Stay/Abate) 04/14/2005 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint and Jury Demand 05/11/2005
PC-FL-0014-0023.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant James Wilson's Motion to Stay Discovery and Supporting Memorandum of Law 06/01/2005
PC-FL-0014-0026.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 06/21/2005 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0024.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Magistrate's) 06/24/2005 (2005 WL 3970740) (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Amended Order Referring Case to Mediation and Appointing Mediator 08/11/2005 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0025.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 02/08/2006 (2006 WL 1071988) (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0015.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Second Amended Complaint 02/13/2006
PC-FL-0014-0032.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Denying Without Prejudice Plaintiff's Pro Se Motion for Preliminary Injunction) 03/03/2006 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/03/2006 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0027.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Denying Defendants' Motion to Dismiss Second Amended Complaint) 06/08/2006 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 06/20/2006 (N.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0028.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Re: Pro Se Motion by Individual Plaintniff) 08/09/2006 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Denying Motion to Dismiss, Granting Motion to Stay Pending Appeal re: Qualified Immunity by Individual Defendant as to that defendant only)) 09/07/2006 (2006 WL 2583701) (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0007.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Per Curiam 11/30/2006 (208 Fed.Appx. 741)
PC-FL-0014-0016.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order of Partial Dismissal with Prejudice 12/08/2006 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 07/30/2007 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 08/10/2007 (2007 WL 2320621) (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0017.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order 08/30/2007 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0029.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 10/02/2007 (2007 WL 2900437) (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0018.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order 05/09/2008 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0010.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation for Entry of a Final Order of Dismissal Without Prejudice 05/19/2008
PC-FL-0014-0030.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 05/28/2008 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0011.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 07/24/2008 (2008 WL 2916302) (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0019.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law 01/09/2009 (2009 WL 64616) (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0012.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Final Judgment and Final Injunction in favor of Plaintiffs Jeremiah Thomas and Michael McKinney and against Defendants Walter McNeil and Randall Bryant 03/09/2009 (2009 WL 605306) (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0013.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Final Judgment in favor of defendants Walter McNeil and Randall Bryant and against plaintiffs Antonio Ward, Paul Echols, Reginald Williams and Kelvin Frazier 03/09/2009 (M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0014.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judgment 02/02/2011 (614 F.3d 1288)
PC-FL-0014-0031.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Anderson, Robert Lanier III (Eleventh Circuit, Fifth Circuit)
PC-FL-0014-0031
Black, Susan Harrell (Eleventh Circuit, M.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0014-0031
Corrigan, Timothy J. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
PC-FL-0014-0002 | PC-FL-0014-0003 | PC-FL-0014-0004 | PC-FL-0014-0006 | PC-FL-0014-0007 | PC-FL-0014-0008 | PC-FL-0014-0009 | PC-FL-0014-0010 | PC-FL-0014-0011 | PC-FL-0014-0012 | PC-FL-0014-0013 | PC-FL-0014-0014 | PC-FL-0014-0024 | PC-FL-0014-0025 | PC-FL-0014-0027 | PC-FL-0014-0028 | PC-FL-0014-0029 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Howard, Marcia Morales (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
PC-FL-0014-0021 | PC-FL-0014-0022
Hull, Frank M. (Eleventh Circuit, N.D. Ga.)
PC-FL-0014-0031
Snyder, Howard T. (M.D. Fla.) [Magistrate]
PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Agliata, Michael (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0023 | PC-FL-0014-0032 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Berg, Randall Challen Jr. (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0001 | PC-FL-0014-0016 | PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0023 | PC-FL-0014-0030 | PC-FL-0014-0032 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Capobianco, Cassandra J. (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0001 | PC-FL-0014-0016 | PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0023 | PC-FL-0014-0030 | PC-FL-0014-0032 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Coggins, Kara (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-9000
Fresco, Leon (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0030 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Glickman, Joshua Aaron (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0030 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Hanlon, Stephen F (District of Columbia)
PC-FL-0014-9000
Jones, Christopher Michael (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0016 | PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0030 | PC-FL-0014-0032 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Lentz, Kristen Cooley (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0001 | PC-FL-0014-0016 | PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0023 | PC-FL-0014-0030 | PC-FL-0014-0032 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Myrthil, Marlysha (District of Columbia)
PC-FL-0014-9000
O'Brien, Cullin Avram (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0001 | PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0023 | PC-FL-0014-0032 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Schulz, George E. Jr. (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0016 | PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0023 | PC-FL-0014-0030 | PC-FL-0014-0032 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Shirley, Lisa White (Texas)
PC-FL-0014-0001 | PC-FL-0014-0005 | PC-FL-0014-0015 | PC-FL-0014-0023 | PC-FL-0014-0032 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Siegel, Peter Michael (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0001 | PC-FL-0014-0016 | PC-FL-0014-0023 | PC-FL-0014-0032 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Blazs, Kevin Anthony (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0005 | PC-FL-0014-0015 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Bridgers, J. Dixon (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0005 | PC-FL-0014-0015 | PC-FL-0014-0016 | PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0030 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Cassaro, Diane G. (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Christopolis, Nicholas James (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0030 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Dean, Dennis Allen (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-9000
Feiser, Craig D. (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-9000
Glass, Michael Lee (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0030 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Jones, Paul S. (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0001 | PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0023 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Kendall, Michael D. (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Kilinski, Caryl (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-9000
Kitchen, F. Damon (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0005 | PC-FL-0014-0015 | PC-FL-0014-0016 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Maher, Susan Adams (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-9000
Makar, Scott D (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-9000
Martin, William Peter (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0005 | PC-FL-0014-0015 | PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Poole, J. Ray (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0005 | PC-FL-0014-0015 | PC-FL-0014-0016 | PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0026 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Sanford, Jonathan P. (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-9000
Savor, Kathleen M. (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0005 | PC-FL-0014-0015 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Springer, Todd T. (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Upton, Charles B. II (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-9000
Von Hoene, Kathleen Marie (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Waczewski, James Paul (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Wasilenko, Ronald S. (Florida)
PC-FL-0014-0005 | PC-FL-0014-0015 | PC-FL-0014-0017 | PC-FL-0014-0018 | PC-FL-0014-0019 | PC-FL-0014-0030 | PC-FL-0014-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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