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Case Name Mujahid v. Sumner PC-HI-0002
Docket / Court 92-cv-0060-DAE ( D. Haw. )
State/Territory Hawaii
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On February 3, 1992 an individual inmate at Halawa Medium Security Facility filed a pro se complaint against the Director of the Department of Public Safety and an administrator of the prison in the District Court for the District of Hawaii, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, seeking declaratory and ... read more >
On February 3, 1992 an individual inmate at Halawa Medium Security Facility filed a pro se complaint against the Director of the Department of Public Safety and an administrator of the prison in the District Court for the District of Hawaii, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief and compensatory damages. The Plaintiff alleged that the Defendants promulgated and enforced policies that prevented Plaintiff from writing to specific members of the news media. He alleged that his equal protections rights were violated because other prisoners were selectively allowed to write to the news media even though he was not.

Both parties moved for summary judgment, and on September 18, 1992 Magistrate Judge Francis I. Yamashita filed a Report and Recommendation finding that Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment should be denied and Defendants' motion for summary judgment should be granted. On November 12, 1992 the court (Judge David A. Ezra) affirmed in part and reversed in part the Magistrate's Report and Recommendation, granting summary judgment in favor of the Plaintiff declaring Hawaii Administrative Rules 17-203-11(g)(4) and (i) unconstitutional, but also granting summary judgment in favor of defendants, as prison officials were qualifiedly immune in their official capacities. The court therefore dismissed Plaintiff's claims for damages.

Plaintiff filed an appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on December 4, 1992. On July 22, 1993 the Ninth Circuit (Judges William C. Canby, Jr., Ferdinand Francis Fernandez, Thomas G. Nelson) affirmed the District Court's decision

Caitlin Howitt - 12/02/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Freedom of speech/association
General
Mail
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Administrator Halawa Medium Security Facility
Director of the Department of Public Safety
Plaintiff Description An inmate at Halawa Medium Security Facility.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1993
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)
92-17082 (U.S. Court of Appeals) 06/28/1993
PC-HI-0002-9001.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
1:92−cv−00060 (D. Haw.) 07/22/1993
PC-HI-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Report and Recommendation [Recommending that the Court Deny Plaintiff's Motion for Summary Judgment, and Grant Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment] 09/18/1992 (1992 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 19841)
PC-HI-0002-0001.pdf | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Order on Appeal from Report and Recommendation 11/12/1992 (807 F.Supp. 1505) (D. Haw.)
PC-HI-0002-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion [Affirming District Court's Judgment] 06/28/1993 (996 F.2d 1226)
PC-HI-0002-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Canby, William Cameron Jr. (Ninth Circuit)
PC-HI-0002-0002
Conklin, Daral G. (D. Haw.) [Magistrate]
PC-HI-0002-9000
Ezra, David Alan (D. Haw.)
PC-HI-0002-0003
Fernandez, Ferdinand Francis (C.D. Cal., Ninth Circuit)
PC-HI-0002-0002
Nelson, Thomas G. (Ninth Circuit)
PC-HI-0002-0002
Yamashita, Francis I (D. Haw.) [Magistrate]
PC-HI-0002-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Farrell, Thomas D. (Hawaii)
PC-HI-0002-9000 | PC-HI-0002-9001
Grayson, Glenn S. (Missouri)
PC-HI-0002-9001
Price, Warren III (Hawaii)
PC-HI-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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