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Case Name Martin v. Ellandson PC-IA-0018
Docket / Court 73-10229 ( S.D. Iowa )
State/Territory Iowa
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On September 28, 1973, an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, Iowa filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Director of Iowa Adult Corrections and the Warden of the Iowa State Penitentiary, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. ... read more >
On September 28, 1973, an inmate at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison, Iowa filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Director of Iowa Adult Corrections and the Warden of the Iowa State Penitentiary, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Iowa. The plaintiff, who represented himself, alleged violations of his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Specifically, the plaintiff complained the prison library offered inadequate legal materials and no legal assistants to help inmates with their legal work.

In January 1974, the court ordered the defendants to submit a plan to ensure inmates access to the courts as required by the United States Constitution. In May of 1974, the defendants submitted a plan, which the court modified. The court retained jurisdiction to monitor compliance.



On February 23, 1999, prison officials moved under the Prison Litigation Reform Act for termination of relief. The inmates, represented by the Law Clinic at the University of Iowa, challenged the motion. The District Court (Judge Ronald E. Longstaff) adopted the report and recommendations of a magistrate (Judge Celeste F. Bremer), and granted the motion to terminate relief and enforcement of the court order. Martin v. Ellandson, 112 F.Supp.2d 1017 (S.D. Iowa 2000).

The PACER docket for this case shows no subsequent litigation.

Rebekah Henn Sullivan - 08/11/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Law library access
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Iowa Adult Corrections
Iowa State Penitentiary
Plaintiff Description An inmate at Iowa State Penitentiary, Fort Madison, Iowa, alleging Defendants denied him access to the courts
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 Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1974 - 2000
Case Closing Year 2000
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)
73-10229 (S.D. Iowa) 10/16/2000
PC-IA-0018-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Adopting Report and Recommendation 10/16/2000 (122 F.Supp.2d 1017) (S.D. Iowa)
PC-IA-0018-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Longstaff, Ronald Earl (S.D. Iowa)
PC-IA-0018-0001 | PC-IA-0018-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Schwartz, Barbara A. (Iowa)
PC-IA-0018-0001 | PC-IA-0018-9000
Whiston, John B. (Iowa)
PC-IA-0018-0001 | PC-IA-0018-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Allen, Gordon E. (Iowa)
PC-IA-0018-0001 | PC-IA-0018-9000
Lindebak, Layne M. (Iowa)
PC-IA-0018-9000
Other Lawyers Garvey, Vincent M. (District of Columbia)
PC-IA-0018-0001 | PC-IA-0018-9000
Hagen, Christopher D. (Iowa)
PC-IA-0018-9000

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