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Case Name MacFarlane v. Walters PC-WA-0012
Docket / Court 2:96-cv-03102-LRS ( E.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
On June 12, 1996, Donald D McFarlane, a Washington state inmate, filed a pro se §1983 Complaint against the Washington Department of Corrections [DOC] in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, challenging restrictions on prison regulations regarding inmate mail.

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On June 12, 1996, Donald D McFarlane, a Washington state inmate, filed a pro se §1983 Complaint against the Washington Department of Corrections [DOC] in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, challenging restrictions on prison regulations regarding inmate mail.

The case was referred to Magistrate Judge Lonny R. Suko. Defendants moved for summary judgment.

On October 20, 1997, the District Court (Judge Robert H. Whaley) adopted the Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Suko and granted in part and denied in part defendants' motion for summary judgment. In its order, the Court permanently enjoined the defendants from prohibiting delivery of inmate's paid-for subscriptions. Plaintiff was awarded damages and costs to be set by the Court. Defendants appealed.

For reasons that are not apparent from the docket, defendants' appeal was dismissed by the Ninth Circuit on December 30, 1998.

Dan Dalton - 02/20/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Library (non-law) access
Loss or damage to property
Mail
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Washington Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description a Washington state inmate
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 1997 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1998
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)
2:96-cv-03102-LRS (E.D. Wash.) 12/30/1998
PC-WA-0012-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
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Judges Suko, Lonny R. (E.D. Wash.) [Magistrate]
PC-WA-0012-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers Evans, Colleen B. (Washington)
PC-WA-0012-9000
Mentzer, Eric (Washington)
PC-WA-0012-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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