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Case Name Blue v. Lockhart PC-AR-0011
Docket / Court 84-551 ( E.D. Ark. )
State/Territory Arkansas
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On December 5, 1984, a prisoner at the Jefferson County Jail in Arkansas filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Arkansas Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, alleging that prison officials had violated his constitutional right ... read more >
On December 5, 1984, a prisoner at the Jefferson County Jail in Arkansas filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Arkansas Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, alleging that prison officials had violated his constitutional right to free exercise of his religion. The parties entered into a consent decree.

On April 16, 1992 the plaintiff asked the court to hold the defendants in contempt, claiming that they had violated the consent decree by canceling an Islamic religious service on April 5, 1992 and holding a Christian service on the same day. On November 27, 1992, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas (Judge Elsijane T. Roy) denied the plaintiff's motion and dismissed the case.

The plaintiff appealed the district court's decision to dismiss, and on February 25, 1993, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued a per curiam opinion affirming the judgment of the district court. Blue v. Lockhart, 986 F.2d 502 (8th Cir. 1993), unpublished (1993 WL 46896 8th Cir. Ark. Feb. 25, 1993).

Kristen Sagar - 03/14/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
Defendant(s) Arkansas Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prisoner alleging that prison officials violated a consent decree when they cancelled an Islamic religious service previously scheduled for April 5, 1992, but held a Christian service on the same day
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
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)
84-551 (E.D. Ark.) 04/09/1997
PC-AR-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
[Order Per Curiam] 02/25/1993 (986 F.2d 502)
PC-AR-0011-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Beam, Clarence Arlen (D. Neb., Eighth Circuit)
PC-AR-0011-0001
Hansen, Curtis LeRoy (D.N.M.)
PC-AR-0011-0001
Roy, Elsijane Trimble (W.D. Ark., E.D. Ark.)
PC-AR-0011-9000
Wollman, Roger Leland (Eighth Circuit)
PC-AR-0011-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Kelly, Lisa A. (West Virginia)
PC-AR-0011-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Svoboda, Joseph V. (Arkansas)
PC-AR-0011-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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