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Case Name Jones v. Allen CJ-AL-0001
Docket / Court 2:06cv986 ( M.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
On November 1, 2006, Aaron Lee Jones filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent the state of Alabama from using its lethal injection procedure against him. The complaint alleged that the procedure did ... read more >
On November 1, 2006, Aaron Lee Jones filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to prevent the state of Alabama from using its lethal injection procedure against him. The complaint alleged that the procedure did not include medically approved procedures and would result in extreme pain in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution. The plaintiff was represented by private attorneys.

On April 17, 2007, the district court (Judge Myron H. Thompson) denied the plaintiff's motion to stay his execution pending his challenge of the lethal injection procedure. His execution was scheduled for May 3, 2007. On April 27, 2007, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit (Judge Joel Fredrick Dubina) affirmed. Both courts found that Jones delayed in bringing these constitutional claims.

Angela Heverling - 07/28/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Death Penalty
Lethal Injection - General
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Alabama Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description A condemned Alabama prisoner who seeks to prevent the defendants from using Alabama's current lethal injection procedures to execute him.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
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 2007
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:06-cv-00986-MHT-TFM (M.D. Ala.) 06/05/2007
CJ-AL-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/01/2006
CJ-AL-0001-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer 12/04/2006
CJ-AL-0001-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings 03/13/2007
CJ-AL-0001-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 04/17/2007 (483 F.Supp.2d 1142) (M.D. Ala.)
CJ-AL-0001-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 04/27/2007 (485 F.3d 635)
CJ-AL-0001-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Dubina, Joel Fredrick (Eleventh Circuit, M.D. Ala.) [Magistrate]
CJ-AL-0001-0002
Thompson, Myron Herbert (N.D. Ala., M.D. Ala.)
CJ-AL-0001-0001 | CJ-AL-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cohen, Stephanie L. (New York)
CJ-AL-0001-0003 | CJ-AL-0001-9000
Fitzpatrick , Vincent R. Jr. (New York)
CJ-AL-0001-0003 | CJ-AL-0001-9000
McDevitt, Heather (New York)
CJ-AL-0001-0003 | CJ-AL-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Crenshaw , James Clayton (Alabama)
CJ-AL-0001-0004 | CJ-AL-0001-0005 | CJ-AL-0001-9000
Davis, James William (Alabama)
CJ-AL-0001-0004 | CJ-AL-0001-9000
Houts , James Roy (Alabama)
CJ-AL-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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