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Case Name Prison Legal News v. Ryan PC-AZ-0021
Docket / Court 2:15-cv-02245-BSB ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Prison Legal News
Attorney Organization Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld
Case Summary
On November 6, 2015, Prison Legal News filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Arizona. The plaintiff sued the Arizona Department of Corrections under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by public interest counsel, the plaintiffs asked the court for damages, injunctive and declaratory relief, ... read more >
On November 6, 2015, Prison Legal News filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Arizona. The plaintiff sued the Arizona Department of Corrections under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by public interest counsel, the plaintiffs asked the court for damages, injunctive and declaratory relief, claiming violations of the the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Specifically, PLN claims that the defendants refused to deliver issues of PLN's monthly publications to subscribers in Arizona prisons when those issues contained articles describing sexual contact between prison or jail guards and prisoners who did not consent.

As of January 30, 2016, the case is ongoing.

Kat Brausch - 01/30/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Mail
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Arizona Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prison Legal News, a publisher of a journal of corrections news and analysis and a distributor of books to prisoners, lawyers, etc. about the criminal justice system and legal issues affecting prisoners.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Rosen, Bien, Galvan & Grunfeld
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
15-cv-02245-ROS (D. Ariz.) 01/20/2016
PC-AZ-0021-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Damages 11/06/2015
PC-AZ-0021-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Silver, Roslyn O. (D. Ariz.)
PC-AZ-0021-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bodney, David Jeremy (Arizona)
PC-AZ-0021-0001 | PC-AZ-0021-9000
Ells, Lisa Adrienne (California)
PC-AZ-0021-0001 | PC-AZ-0021-9000
Horrocks, Heather Elizabeth Todd (Arizona)
PC-AZ-0021-0001 | PC-AZ-0021-9000
Neelakanta, Sabarish (Florida)
PC-AZ-0021-0001 | PC-AZ-0021-9000
Stone-Manista, Krista Michelle (California)
PC-AZ-0021-9000
Weber, Lance (Florida)
PC-AZ-0021-0001 | PC-AZ-0021-9000
Yelin, Jenny Snay (California)
PC-AZ-0021-0001 | PC-AZ-0021-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Brachtl, Mark Carl (Arizona)
PC-AZ-0021-9000
Gottfried, Michael Evan (Arizona)
PC-AZ-0021-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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