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Case Name Sandoval v. Lopez PC-NM-0004
Docket / Court 02-0170 ( D.N.M. )
State/Territory New Mexico
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In February 2002, plaintiff Anthony J. Sandoval, an inmate at New Mexico State Penitentiary in Santa Fe, filed a Section 1983 suit, pro se, in the District of New Mexico against officials of the New Mexico Department of Corrections. Plaintiff alleged that defendants used excessive force in ... read more >
In February 2002, plaintiff Anthony J. Sandoval, an inmate at New Mexico State Penitentiary in Santa Fe, filed a Section 1983 suit, pro se, in the District of New Mexico against officials of the New Mexico Department of Corrections. Plaintiff alleged that defendants used excessive force in violation of his Eighth Amendment rights.

In October 2002, plaintiffs in a related class action suit, Ayers v. Perry (PC-NM-003), sought to consolidate the two cases arguing that both lawsuits "involve constitutional challenges to the conditions of extreme sensory deprivation and social isolation in the [Special Control Facilities] operated by the [Department of Corrections]." In December 2002, Magistrate Judge Lorenzo F. Garcia granted plaintiffs' motion to consolidate the two cases.

In June 2003, the District Court (Judge Bruce D. Black) granted plaintiffs' unopposed motion for dismissal with prejudice. The order for dismissal references an agreement between the parties that resolves all of the plaintiffs' claims originating from the Ayers v. Perry case, but didn't resolve the claims made in Sandoval v. Lopez.

Litigation regarding plaintiff Sandoval's claims continued throughout 2003 and into 2004. In September 2004, the parties reached a tentative settlement, however, the terms of the settlement were not made available through the Court's electronic filing system. In January 2005, the Judge Browning ordered the case dismissed.

Eoghan Keenan - 07/11/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) New Mexico Department of Corretions
Plaintiff Description prisoners of the State of New Mexico
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2004 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PC-NM-0003 : Ayers v. Perry (D.N.M.)
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)
02-170 (D.N.M.) 01/14/2005
PC-NM-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Plaintiff's Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Leave to File Amended Complaint Adding Other Defendants and Plaintiffs and Class Allegations, and Seeking Remedial Orders and Other Relief 12/20/2002
PC-NM-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Memorandum Opinion and Order 03/12/2003 (D.N.M.)
PC-NM-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Initial Pretrial Report 07/07/2004
PC-NM-0004-0003.pdf | Detail
Stipulation of Dismissal of All Claims Against Defendants with Prejudice 01/14/2005
PC-NM-0004-0004.pdf | Detail
Judges Browning, James O. (D.N.M.)
PC-NM-0004-0003 | PC-NM-0004-9000
Garcia, Lorenzo F. (D.N.M.) [Magistrate]
PC-NM-0004-0001
Schneider, W. Daniel (D.N.M.) [Magistrate]
PC-NM-0004-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cubra, Peter (New Mexico)
PC-NM-0004-0002 | PC-NM-0004-0003 | PC-NM-0004-0004
Davis, Philip B. (New Mexico)
PC-NM-0004-0002
Donatelli, Mark H. (New Mexico)
PC-NM-0004-0002 | PC-NM-0004-0003 | PC-NM-0004-0004
Kronen, Lawrence (New Mexico)
PC-NM-0004-0002
Macy, Edwin (New Mexico)
PC-NM-0004-0002
Simmons, Nancy (New Mexico)
PC-NM-0004-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Becker, Robert W. (New Mexico)
PC-NM-0004-0004
DAngelo, Charles N. (New Mexico)
PC-NM-0004-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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