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Case Name Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty v. Ryan PC-AZ-0013
Docket / Court 02-1344 ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
Prisoner and human rights advocacy groups that maintained websites filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on July 19, 2002, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. They alleged that a state statute, prohibiting prison inmates from sending mail ... read more >
Prisoner and human rights advocacy groups that maintained websites filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on July 19, 2002, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. They alleged that a state statute, prohibiting prison inmates from sending mail to or receiving mail from a communication service provider or from having access to the Internet through a provider, was unconstitutional. The plaintiffs published firsthand accounts from prisoners on their websites and often sent information to prisoners in the mail. The Arizona Department of Corrections imposed disciplinary sanctions on at least five inmates because their names appeared on the websites. Plaintiffs were represented by the ACLU Technology Liberty Project and the ACLU National Prison Project.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona (Judge Earl Hamblin Carroll) on May 19, 2003, ruled that the plaintiffs did have standing to sue. Furthermore, the court granted the plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment and enjoined enforcement of the statute, holding that the statute in question was not rationally related to a legitimate penalogical objective of the State. Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty v. Ryan, 269 F.Supp.2d 1199 (D. Ariz. 2003).

David Terry - 02/27/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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 Prisoner rights advocacy groups that maintained Internet websites alleging that state statute prohibiting prison inmates from sending mail to or receiving mail from a communication service provider or from having access to the Internet is unconstitutional
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2003 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2003
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)
02-1344 (D. Ariz.) 06/21/2004
PC-AZ-0013-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order 05/19/2003 (269 F.Supp.2d 1199) (D. Ariz.)
PC-AZ-0013-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Carroll, Earl Hamblin (D. Ariz., FISC)
PC-AZ-0013-0001 | PC-AZ-0013-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Beeson, Ann (District of Columbia)
PC-AZ-0013-0001 | PC-AZ-0013-9000
Bendheim, Alice L. (Arizona)
PC-AZ-0013-0001 | PC-AZ-0013-9000
Fathi, David Cyrus (District of Columbia)
PC-AZ-0013-0001 | PC-AZ-0013-9000
Sutherland, Pamela Kirkpatrick (Arizona)
PC-AZ-0013-0001 | PC-AZ-0013-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Brodsky, Michael L. (Arizona)
PC-AZ-0013-0001 | PC-AZ-0013-9000
Morrow, James Russel (Arizona)
PC-AZ-0013-0001 | PC-AZ-0013-9000
Schaack, Daniel Patrick (Arizona)
PC-AZ-0013-0001 | PC-AZ-0013-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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