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Case Name Porter v. Clarke PC-VA-0020
Docket / Court 1:14-cv-1588 ( E.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Special Collection Solitary confinement
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Classification / placement
Conditions of confinement
Solitary confinement/Supermax (conditions or process)
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Virginia
Plaintiff Description Five individuals currently on Virginia's Death Row located in Sussex I State Prison in Waverley, Virginia.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 2018 - 2020
Filing Year 2014
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
Date: May 2006
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University Faculty)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
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  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
Date: Jan. 1, 1998
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
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1:14-cv-1588 (E.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0020-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/17/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-VA-0020-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/20/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion [ECF# 166] (2016 WL 3766301) (E.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0020-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 07/08/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion [Reversing and Remanding Decision]
PC-VA-0020-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/25/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion [ECF# 220] (E.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0020-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/21/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Published Amended Opinion of USCA [Ct. of App. ECF# 240] (923 F.3d 348)
PC-VA-0020-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 05/06/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Brinkema, Leonie M. (E.D. Va.) show/hide docs
PC-VA-0020-0002 | PC-VA-0020-0004 | PC-VA-0020-9000
Niemeyer, Paul Victor (Fourth Circuit, D. Md.) show/hide docs
PC-VA-0020-0003 | PC-VA-0020-0005
Traxler, William Byrd Jr. Court not on record show/hide docs
Wynn, James Andrew Jr. (Fourth Circuit) show/hide docs
PC-VA-0020-0003 | PC-VA-0020-0005
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fogel, Jeffrey E. (Virginia) show/hide docs
PC-VA-0020-0001 | PC-VA-0020-9000
Glasberg, Victor Michael (Virginia) show/hide docs
PC-VA-0020-0001 | PC-VA-0020-9000
Rosenfield, Steven David (Virginia) show/hide docs
PC-VA-0020-0001 | PC-VA-0020-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Dwyre, Kate Elizabeth (Virginia) show/hide docs
O'Shea, Margaret Hoehl (Virginia) show/hide docs

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