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Case Name Williams v. Wilkinson PC-OH-0027
Docket / Court 2:97-cv-00213 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On February 7, 1997, the Plaintiff, an inmate at Madison Correctional Institution ("MaCI"), filed this suit in the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio alleging that his Fourteenth Amendment Due Process rights had been violated by three administrators at MaCI. On February 13, 1996, he ... read more >
On February 7, 1997, the Plaintiff, an inmate at Madison Correctional Institution ("MaCI"), filed this suit in the District Court for the Southern District of Ohio alleging that his Fourteenth Amendment Due Process rights had been violated by three administrators at MaCI. On February 13, 1996, he had been given a conduct report stating that he had tested positive for marijuana. The Plaintiff alleged that, although he claimed that he did not provide the urine specimen - another inmate provided it - he was not permitted to call that inmate or the Substance Abuse Coordinator at MaCI, to testify before the Rules Infraction Board ("RIB"). The RIB concluded, without allowing the other inmate to testify, that he would not be a credible witness. The Plaintiff proceeded to his hearing without either witness's testimony and was found guilty. The Plaintiff sought both injunctive relief and monetary damages. The Plaintiff initially filed the case pro se, but the District Court later assigned legal counsel for the Plaintiff.

On May 19, 1997, Plaintiff moved for Summary Judgment. On August 26, 1997, the District Court (Judge George C. Smith) adopted Magistrate Judge King's Report and Recommendation denying the Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment. On September 15, 1997, the Defendants filed their Motion for Summary Judgment arguing that the Plaintiff's due process rights were not violated. On September 30, 1998, the District Court denied the Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment. The Defendants filed their Second Motion for Summary Judgment on June 8, 2000, arguing that they were entitled to qualified immunity as the Plaintiff's right to call witnesses was not clearly established. On September 11, 2000, the District Court denied the Defendants' Second Motion for Summary Judgment.

On November 6, 2000, the Plaintiff filed a Motion to Rule as a Matter of Law that Defendant Wingard's Policy Violated the Plaintiff's Fourteenth Amendment Rights. In that Motion, the Plaintiff requested that the court issue an injunction against Defendant Wingard in his official capacity, forbidding him from continuing the unconstitutional policy of denying witnesses at RIB hearings based on a predetermination of the witnesses' credibility. The District Court (Judge Algenon Marbley), on November 29, 2000, denied Plaintiff's Motion. Williams v. Wilkinson, 122 F.Supp.2d 894 (S.D. Ohio 2000).

On December 7, 2000, the jury returned a verdict for the Plaintiff, and against Defendants Wingard and Sharpe, in the amount of $2,107.22. On December 15, 2000, the Plaintiff filed his Renewed Motion for Injunctive Relief. On February 20, 2001 the District Court granted Plaintiff's Motion for Injunctive Relief. Williams v. Wilkinson, 132 F.Supp.2d 601 (S.D. Ohio 2001). Defendants appealed both the jury verdict and the District Court's granting of Plaintiff's Motion for Injunctive Relief. And on December 10, 2002 the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an opinion reversing the jury verdict and the District Court's injunctive relief, and remanding the case to the District Court. On June 23, 2003, the Supreme Court denied Plaintiff's petition for certiorari. And on March 29, 2004, the District Court ordered that the jury award previously entered in the case be vacated, and the case was subsequently dismissed.

Caitlin Howitt - 11/13/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Disciplinary procedures
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Madison Correctional Institution
Plaintiff Description an inmate at Madison Correctional Institution who was denied witnesses at a disciplinary hearing
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
01-3234 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 11/15/2002
PC-OH-0027-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
01-3082 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 11/15/2002
PC-OH-0027-9002.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
2:97-cv-213-ALM-NMK (S.D. Ohio) 03/30/2004
PC-OH-0027-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion [Denying Plaintiff's Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law and Defendants' Motion to Dismiss] 11/29/2000 (122 F.Supp.2d 894) (S.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0027-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion [Granting Plaintiff's Motion for Injunctive Relief] 02/20/2001 (132 F.Supp.2d 601) (S.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0027-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges King, Norah McCann (S.D. Ohio) [Magistrate]
PC-OH-0027-9000
Marbley, Algenon L. (S.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0027-0001 | PC-OH-0027-0002 | PC-OH-0027-9000 | PC-OH-0027-9001 | PC-OH-0027-9002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kirila, Jill S. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0027-0002 | PC-OH-0027-9000 | PC-OH-0027-9001 | PC-OH-0027-9002
Nolan, William A. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0027-0002 | PC-OH-0027-9000 | PC-OH-0027-9001
Wehrer, Greg R (Ohio)
PC-OH-0027-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Angell, Robert C. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0027-9000
Holloway, James Eric (Ohio)
PC-OH-0027-0002 | PC-OH-0027-9000
Marti, Todd Robert (Ohio)
PC-OH-0027-9001 | PC-OH-0027-9002
Marziale, Arthur James Jr. (Ohio)
PC-OH-0027-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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