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Case Name Hill v. McDonough CJ-FL-0002
Docket / Court 4:06-cv-00032-SPM ( N.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
On January 20, 2006, a prisoner of the State of Florida filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Florida Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Florida. The plaintiff, who was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection, asked the court to ... read more >
On January 20, 2006, a prisoner of the State of Florida filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Florida Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of Northern Florida. The plaintiff, who was scheduled to be executed by lethal injection, asked the court to enjoin the defendants from carrying out the execution, arguing that the lethal injection procedure inflicts unnecessary pain and torture in violation of his Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

On January 21, 2006, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (Judge Stephan P. Mickle) dismissed the plaintiff's complaint for lack of jurisdiction, holding that since the plaintiff's motion raised no issues of newly-discovered evidence, it was the functional equivalent of a successive petition for writ of habeas corpus. The plaintiff appealed. On January 24, 2006, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit denied the plaintiff's application for a stay of execution and expedited appeal. The plaintiff asked for review by the U.S. Supreme Court.



On June 12, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a slip opinion in which it reversed and remanded the case back to the Eleventh Circuit, holding that the plaintiff's claim could be brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and did not have to be brought as a habeas claim since he was only challenging the method of injection instead of challenging lethal injection as a general matter. On August 29, the Eleventh Circuit remanded the case back to the District Court. Hill v. McDonough, 462 F.3d 1313 (11th Cir. 2006). The defendants filed a motion to dismiss the case, and on September 1, 2006, the District Court (Judge Mickle) granted the defendants' motion to dismiss, holding that the plaintiff was bringing the case only to unnecessarily delay the execution.

The plaintiff filed a motion for consideration, which the District Court (Judge Mickle) denied on September 11, 2006, holding that the plaintiff was merely trying to delay final judgment. The plaintiff asked the Eleventh Circuit to issue a stay of execution order, and on September 15, 2006, the court declined to issue the order in a per curiam opinion. The plaintiff asked for review by the Supreme Court, and on September 20, 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to grant certiorari in the case. Hill v. McDonough, No. 06-0301, 165 L.Ed. 1013 (2006).

After serving more than 23 years on Florida's Death Row, Clarence Edward Hill was executed on September 20, 2006 by lethal injection.

Kristen Sagar - 08/28/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Death Penalty
Lethal Injection - General
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Florida Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description a death-sentenced prisoner of the State of Florida
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing CJ-DE-0001 : Jackson v. Taylor (D. Del.)
CJ-TN-0003 : Alley v. Little (M.D. Tenn.)
Additional Resources
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Links Philadelphia Forfeiture
http://ij.org/case/philadelphia-forfeiture/
By: Institute for Justice (Institute for Justice)
[ Detail ]

  The Oyez Project, Hill v McDonough, 547 U.S. 573 (2006).
www.oyez.org
Posted: Jun. 12, 2006
By: Oyez Project (IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
(N.D. Fla.) 02/02/2007
CJ-FL-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order Dismissing Motion for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 01/21/2006 (2006 WL 167585) (N.D. Fla.)
CJ-FL-0002-0022.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Supreme Court Certiorari Petition 01/24/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Brief in Opposition to Cert 01/24/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Veterinary Amicus Brief Supporting Petitioner 03/03/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Brief for Petitioner 03/06/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Human Rights Advocates Amicus Brief Supporting Petitioner 03/06/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
Physicians Amicus Brief Supporting Petitioner 03/06/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0006.pdf | Detail
Habeas Corpus Resource Center Amicus Brief Supporting Petitioner 03/06/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0007.pdf | Detail
Brief for Amicus Curiae Darick Demorris Walker (Virginia Inmate) Supporting Petitioner 03/06/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0008.pdf | Detail
Brief for Amicus Curiae New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty in Support of Petitioner 03/06/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0009.pdf | Detail
Amicus Brief of Bradley MacLean and William Redick in Support of Petitioner 03/06/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0010.pdf | Detail
United States' Amicus Brief in Support of Florida 04/01/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0011.pdf | Detail
State of Alabama (and other States) Amicus Brief in Support of Florida 04/01/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0012.pdf | Detail
Criminal Justice Legal Foundation (CJLF) Amicus Brief in Support of Florida 04/01/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0013.pdf | Detail
Reply Brief for Petitioner 04/17/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0014.pdf | Detail
Supreme Court Opinion 06/12/2006 (547 U.S. 573)
CJ-FL-0002-0015.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion 08/29/2006 (462 F.3d 1313)
CJ-FL-0002-0023.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Order Dismissing Complaint 09/01/2006 (2006 WL 2556938) (N.D. Fla.)
CJ-FL-0002-0016.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Denying Motion for Reconsideration 09/11/2006 (2006 WL 2598002) (N.D. Fla.)
CJ-FL-0002-0017.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Application for a Stay of Execution 09/13/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0018.pdf | Detail
Denial of Application for Stay of Execution 09/15/2006 (464 F.3d 1256)
CJ-FL-0002-0019.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Application to Supreme Court for Stay of Execution 09/18/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0020.pdf | Detail
Cert Petition to Supreme Court 09/18/2006
CJ-FL-0002-0021.pdf | Detail
[Stay denied] 09/20/2006 (548 U.S. 940)
CJ-FL-0002-0024.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Edmondson, James Larry (Eleventh Circuit)
CJ-FL-0002-0023
Hull, Frank M. (N.D. Ga., Eleventh Circuit)
CJ-FL-0002-0019
Kennedy, Anthony McLeod (SCOTUS, Ninth Circuit)
CJ-FL-0002-0015
Mickle, Stephan P. (N.D. Fla.)
CJ-FL-0002-0016 | CJ-FL-0002-0017 | CJ-FL-0002-0022 | CJ-FL-0002-9000
Pryor, William Holcombe Jr. (Eleventh Circuit)
CJ-FL-0002-0019 | CJ-FL-0002-0023
Thomas, Clarence (SCOTUS, D.C. Circuit)
CJ-FL-0002-0024
Tjoflat, Gerald Bard (Fifth Circuit, M.D. Fla., Eleventh Circuit)
CJ-FL-0002-0019 | CJ-FL-0002-0023
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Abatecola , John (Florida)
CJ-FL-0002-0003 | CJ-FL-0002-0014
Berger , Eric (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0003 | CJ-FL-0002-0014
Doss, D Todd (Florida)
CJ-FL-0002-0001 | CJ-FL-0002-0003 | CJ-FL-0002-0014 | CJ-FL-0002-0018 | CJ-FL-0002-0020 | CJ-FL-0002-0021 | CJ-FL-0002-9000
Gershengorn, Ian Heath (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0003 | CJ-FL-0002-0014
Verrilli, Donald B. Jr. (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0003 | CJ-FL-0002-0014
Defendant's Lawyers Snurkowski , Carolyn (Florida)
CJ-FL-0002-0002 | CJ-FL-0002-9000
Other Lawyers Ard, Hannah S. (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0008
Biswas, Raakhee (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0006
Columbus , Eric R. (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0008
Crossley , Will L. (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0008
De La Vega, Constance (California)
CJ-FL-0002-0005
Englund , Lara A. (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0008
Enzinna, Paul F. (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0006
Erickson , Robert J. (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0011
Gibbons, John T. (New Jersey)
CJ-FL-0002-0009
Goldstein, Thomas C. (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0010
Howe, Amy (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0010
Karlan, Pamela S. (California)
CJ-FL-0002-0010
Laurence , Michael David (California)
CJ-FL-0002-0007
Lewis , Megan E. (New Jersey)
CJ-FL-0002-0009
Loper, Timothy (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0006
Lustberg, Lawrence S. (New Jersey)
CJ-FL-0002-0009
Nathan, Alison J. (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0008
Newsom, Kevin C (Alabama)
CJ-FL-0002-0012
Ogden, David W. (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0008
Press , Charles J. (California)
CJ-FL-0002-0007
Pulliam , Jessica (Texas)
CJ-FL-0002-0006
Russell, Kevin K. (District of Columbia)
CJ-FL-0002-0010
Sacks, Ira (New York)
CJ-FL-0002-0004
Sacks , Melanie J. (New York)
CJ-FL-0002-0004
Scheidegger, Kent S. (California)
CJ-FL-0002-0013
Weissbrodt, David (Minnesota)
CJ-FL-0002-0005

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