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Case Name Seed v. Hudson PC-MP-0003
Docket / Court 93-cv-00008 ( D. N. Mar. I. )
State/Territory Northern Mariana Islands
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
Sometime in 1993, two pretrial detainees incarcerated at the Saipan Detention Center in the Northern Mariana Islands filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the United States Marshals prison officials in the U.S. District Court for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands. The ... read more >
Sometime in 1993, two pretrial detainees incarcerated at the Saipan Detention Center in the Northern Mariana Islands filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the United States Marshals prison officials in the U.S. District Court for the District of the Northern Mariana Islands. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, alleged that the conditions under which they were held at the detention center violated their constitutional rights under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Specifically, the plaintiffs complained that they were denied opportunities to exercise, to wash clothes and take care of personal hygiene. They also claimed that their cells lacked beds and adequate lighting and that they were confined in an area with a convict serving a sentence.

Both parties moved for Summary Judgment. The court (Judge Alex R. Munson), on May 11, 1994, denied the defendant's motion on the issues of qualified immunity and the statute of limitations as it applied to this case. The portion of the plaintiffs' motion based on the merits of the case was granted on the issues of denial of a mattress, blanket and pillow; ability to wash clothes; denial of exercise; inadequate lighting; and inadequate plumbing. The court denied the plaintiffs' motion concerning their ability to brush their teeth daily, cell size, and confinement in an area with prisoners serving sentences. Finally, the court denied the plaintiffs' motion as to the defendant's liability under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The case was dismissed on June 14, 2014. Seed v. Hudson, 1994 U.S. Dist. Lexis 6777 *18 (D. N. Mar. I. May 11, 1994).

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
General
Bathing and hygiene
Recreation / Exercise
Sanitation / living conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Saipan Detention Center
U.S. Marshal Service
Plaintiff Description Federal pretrial detainees incarcerated at the Saipan Detention Center, alleging that the conditions under which they were held at the detention center violated their constitutional rights
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 not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
93-0008 (D. N. Mar. I.) 06/14/1994
PC-MP-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order on Cross Motions for Summary Judgment 05/11/1994 (1994 WL 229096) (D. N. Mar. I.)
PC-MP-0003-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Judges Munson, Alex R. (D. N. Mar. I.)
PC-MP-0003-9000
Munson, Howard G. (N.D.N.Y.)
PC-MP-0003-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Long, G. Anthony (Northern Mariana Islands)
PC-MP-0003-0001 | PC-MP-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Jewel, Glenn A. (Northern Mariana Islands)
PC-MP-0003-9000
Strand, Douglas H. (Northern Mariana Islands)
PC-MP-0003-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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