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Case Name Langton v. Johnston PC-MA-0006
Docket / Court 89-2085 ( D. Mass. )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
Inmates at a facility for the treatment of the sexually dangerous filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs asked the court to hold the defendant in contempt for ... read more >
Inmates at a facility for the treatment of the sexually dangerous filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Massachusetts Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs asked the court to hold the defendant in contempt for violation of a consent decree governing conditions at the facility. The U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts (Judge A. David Mazzone) denied the plaintiffs' petition but awarded some attorneys' fees, and both parties appealed.

On March 22, 1991, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (Judge Bruce M. Selya) affirmed the court's decision on the merits but vacated and remanded on the issue of attorneys' fees. Langton v. Johnson, 928 F.2d 1206 (1st Cir. 1991). We have no further information on the proceedings.

Kristen Sagar - 03/13/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Massachusetts Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Inmates at facility for treatment of sexually dangerous persons
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Reported Opinion 03/22/1991 (928 F.2d 1206)
PC-MA-0006-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Selya, Bruce Marshall (D.R.I., FISCR, First Circuit)
PC-MA-0006-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Donelan, Charles (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0006-0001
Perrelli, Katherine E. (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0006-0001
Wadland, Joseph J. (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Morgilnicki, Eric J. (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0006-0001
Shannon, James M. (Massachusetts)
PC-MA-0006-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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