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Case Name Timberlake v. Buss CJ-IN-0002
Docket / Court 06-1859 ( S.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
On December 29, 2006, a death-sentenced inmate at the Indiana State Prison filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Indiana Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The plaintiff alleged that his constitutional rights were threatened by ... read more >
On December 29, 2006, a death-sentenced inmate at the Indiana State Prison filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Indiana Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The plaintiff alleged that his constitutional rights were threatened by the defendants' use of thiopental, potassium chloride, and pancuronium bromide during lethal injection, which he believed would allow him to be conscious and subject to extreme pain and torture in violation of this Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.

On April 10, 2007, the District Court allowed two other death-sentenced inmates, Michael Lambert and David Leon Woods, to intervene in the case. Woods applied for a preliminary injunction, and on April 26, 2007, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Judge Richard L. Young) denied Woods' motion for injunctive relief. The court reasoned that Woods had failed to demonstrate that Indiana's lethal injection method violated the Eighth Amendment, and that the last minute nature of his claims strongly counseled against granting him relief, indicating rather that he brought the claims merely to delay the execution. Woods was executed on May 4, 2007, and he was dismissed as a party to the case on June 8, 2007, because the action as to him had become moot.

On May 18, 2007, the action was set for trial on September 22, 2007. Three days later, the Indiana Supreme Court set a June 15, 2007 date for Lambert's execution. Lambert filed a motion for preliminary injunction, and on June 12, 2007, the District Court (Judge Young) denied Lambert's motion for injunctive relief for the same reasons that it had denied Woods' motion - that he had not shown any likelihood of success on the merits and that he had brought the claim merely to delay the inevitable execution. Lambert appealed this decision, and on July 9, 2007, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed the District Court's decision. On July 12, 2007, Lambert was dismissed as a party to the lawsuit.

The defendants asked the court for summary judgment in their case against Norman Timberlake, and on August 16, 2007, the District Court (Judge Young) granted them summary judgment and vacated the earlier scheduled trial date. The court reasoned that since they had already twice found (in the cases of Mr. Woods and Mr. Lambert) that Indiana's execution protocol did not violate the rights of the executed prisoner, Mr. Timberlake had not established a genuine issue as to whether the state's execution protocol created a significant or unnecessary risk that he would suffer unnecessary pain during the execution process, therefore making summary judgment appropriate.

Our Pacer docket, which is accurate as of August 31, 2007, ends here and labels the case as closed.

Kristen Sagar - 08/31/2007


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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) Indiana Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description a death-sentenced inmate at the Indiana State Prison
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
Additional Resources
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Links Philadelphia Forfeiture
http://ij.org/case/philadelphia-forfeiture/
By: Institute for Justice (Institute for Justice)
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Docket(s)
1:06-cv-1859-RLY-WTL (S.D. Ind.) 08/17/2007
CJ-IN-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 12/29/2006
CJ-IN-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Answer and Statement of Defenses 01/05/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Response to Discovery Request 01/08/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0004.pdf | Detail
Motion for Preliminary Injunction 01/09/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0005.pdf | Detail
Response in Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 01/10/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0006.pdf | Detail
Memorandum in Support of Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings 01/10/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0007.pdf | Detail
Reply to Defendant's Reponse in Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 01/15/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0008.pdf | Detail
Memorandum 01/16/2007 (2007 WL 141950 / 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 3378 ) (S.D. Ind.)
CJ-IN-0002-0022.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Motion of Michael Lambert to Intervene as Plaintiff-Intervenor 03/01/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0009.pdf | Detail
Motion of David Leon Woods to Intervene as Plaintiff-Intervenor 03/05/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0010.pdf | Detail
Entry Concerning Selected Matters 04/10/2007 (S.D. Ind.)
CJ-IN-0002-0011.pdf | Detail
Entry concerning April 13, 2007 Conference 04/16/2007 (2007 WL 1121333) (S.D. Ind.)
CJ-IN-0002-0023.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Intervenor Complaint (Lambert) 04/17/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0012.pdf | Detail
Intervenor Complaint (Woods) 04/17/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0013.pdf | Detail
Motion for Preliminary Injunction (Woods) 04/18/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0014.pdf | Detail
Response to Motion for Preliminary Injunction 04/25/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0015.pdf | Detail
Order Denying State's Motion for Summary Judgment 05/01/2007 (2007 WL 1280659 / 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 32306 ) (S.D. Ind.)
CJ-IN-0002-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Entry Discussing Motion for Preliminary Injunction 05/01/2007 (2007 WL 1280664 / 2007 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 32339 ) (S.D. Ind.)
CJ-IN-0002-0021.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Notice of Issuance of Mandate-7th Circuit Affirmed 05/27/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0016.pdf | Detail
Motion for Injunctive Relief (Lambert) 06/06/2007
CJ-IN-0002-0017.pdf | Detail
Order Denying Preliminary Injunction 06/12/2007 (2007 WL 2316451) (S.D. Ind.)
CJ-IN-0002-0018.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Order Granting Motion for Summary Judgment 08/16/2007 (2007 WL 2362996) (S.D. Ind.)
CJ-IN-0002-0019.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Amended Judgment 08/17/2007 (S.D. Ind.)
CJ-IN-0002-0020.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bauer, William Joseph (Seventh Circuit, N.D. Ill.)
CJ-IN-0002-0016
Evans, Terence Thomas (Seventh Circuit, E.D. Wis.)
CJ-IN-0002-0016
Kanne, Michael Stephen (Seventh Circuit, N.D. Ind.)
CJ-IN-0002-0016
Lawrence, William T. (S.D. Ind.) [Magistrate]
CJ-IN-0002-0017 | CJ-IN-0002-9000
Young, Richard L. (S.D. Ind.)
CJ-IN-0002-0001 | CJ-IN-0002-0011 | CJ-IN-0002-0017 | CJ-IN-0002-0018 | CJ-IN-0002-0019 | CJ-IN-0002-0020 | CJ-IN-0002-0021 | CJ-IN-0002-0022 | CJ-IN-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Freedman, Alan M. (Illinois)
CJ-IN-0002-0011 | CJ-IN-0002-0012 | CJ-IN-0002-0014 | CJ-IN-0002-0015 | CJ-IN-0002-0017 | CJ-IN-0002-0021 | CJ-IN-0002-0023
Heise, Carol R (Illinois)
CJ-IN-0002-0012 | CJ-IN-0002-0014 | CJ-IN-0002-0015 | CJ-IN-0002-0017 | CJ-IN-0002-0021 | CJ-IN-0002-0023
Komp, Lawrence (Missouri)
CJ-IN-0002-0009 | CJ-IN-0002-0012 | CJ-IN-0002-0014 | CJ-IN-0002-0015 | CJ-IN-0002-0017 | CJ-IN-0002-0021 | CJ-IN-0002-0023
Van Der Pol, William Jr. (Indiana)
CJ-IN-0002-0010 | CJ-IN-0002-0011 | CJ-IN-0002-0013 | CJ-IN-0002-0014 | CJ-IN-0002-0015 | CJ-IN-0002-0017 | CJ-IN-0002-0021 | CJ-IN-0002-0023
Wagoner, Linda M. (Indiana)
CJ-IN-0002-0011 | CJ-IN-0002-0013 | CJ-IN-0002-0014 | CJ-IN-0002-0015 | CJ-IN-0002-0017
Waples, Richard A. (Indiana)
CJ-IN-0002-0011 | CJ-IN-0002-0014 | CJ-IN-0002-0015 | CJ-IN-0002-0017 | CJ-IN-0002-0021 | CJ-IN-0002-0023 | CJ-IN-0002-9000
Westerfeld, Brent (Indiana)
CJ-IN-0002-0002 | CJ-IN-0002-0005 | CJ-IN-0002-0008 | CJ-IN-0002-0011 | CJ-IN-0002-0014 | CJ-IN-0002-0015 | CJ-IN-0002-0017 | CJ-IN-0002-0021 | CJ-IN-0002-0022 | CJ-IN-0002-0023 | CJ-IN-0002-9000
Youngcourt, Lorinda Meier (Indiana)
CJ-IN-0002-0002 | CJ-IN-0002-0005 | CJ-IN-0002-0008 | CJ-IN-0002-0011 | CJ-IN-0002-0014 | CJ-IN-0002-0015 | CJ-IN-0002-0017 | CJ-IN-0002-0021 | CJ-IN-0002-0022 | CJ-IN-0002-0023 | CJ-IN-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Carter, Stephen (Indiana)
CJ-IN-0002-0003 | CJ-IN-0002-0004 | CJ-IN-0002-0006 | CJ-IN-0002-0007 | CJ-IN-0002-0015
Creason, Stephen R. (Indiana)
CJ-IN-0002-0011 | CJ-IN-0002-0017
Isenberg, Betsy M (Indiana)
CJ-IN-0002-0011 | CJ-IN-0002-0014 | CJ-IN-0002-0017 | CJ-IN-0002-0021 | CJ-IN-0002-0023 | CJ-IN-0002-9000
Quigley, Thomas D (Indiana)
CJ-IN-0002-0003 | CJ-IN-0002-0004 | CJ-IN-0002-0006 | CJ-IN-0002-0007 | CJ-IN-0002-0011 | CJ-IN-0002-0014 | CJ-IN-0002-0015 | CJ-IN-0002-0017 | CJ-IN-0002-0021 | CJ-IN-0002-0023 | CJ-IN-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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