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Case Name Lightbourne v. Crist CJ-FL-0003
Docket / Court NA 06-2391 (Supreme Ct.) ( State Court )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Case Summary
On December 14, 2006, a death-sentenced inmate in the Florida prison system filed a lawsuit under Fla. R. App. P. 9.100, which is the Florida All Writs statute, against the Florida Department of Corrections in the Supreme Court of Florida. The plaintiff alleged that his constitutional rights were ... read more >
On December 14, 2006, a death-sentenced inmate in the Florida prison system filed a lawsuit under Fla. R. App. P. 9.100, which is the Florida All Writs statute, against the Florida Department of Corrections in the Supreme Court of Florida. The plaintiff alleged that his constitutional rights were threatened by the imminent use of pancuronium bromide during the lethal injection process. He argued that the Florida procedures for lethal injection would subject him to cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

On December 14, 2006, the Florida Supreme Court granted partial temporary relief, allowing the plaintiff to designate a representative to attend the autopsy of a recently executed inmate in order to observe the proceedings. The court then relinquished jurisdiction to the Circuit Court of the Fifth Judicial Circuit in Marin County, Florida for a determinate of the plaintiff's request for an independent autopsy of the executed inmate.

We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 08/28/2007


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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 State law
Defendant(s) Florida Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Prisoners who have constitutional challenges to lethal injection pending in different postures throughout Florida
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2006 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
06-2391 (State Supreme Court) 05/16/2007
CJ-FL-0003-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Emergency Petition to the Florida Supreme Court 12/14/2006
CJ-FL-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Keffer, Suzanne Myers (Florida)
CJ-FL-0003-0001 | CJ-FL-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Nunnelley, Kenneth S. (Florida)
CJ-FL-0003-9000
Snurkowski , Carolyn (Florida)
CJ-FL-0003-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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