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Case Name Couch v. Jabe (Sept. 22, 2006) PC-VA-0021
Docket / Court No. 7:05-cv-00642-PMS ( W.D. Va. )
State/Territory Virginia
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Free Exercise Clause
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Religion discrimination
Conditions of confinement
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race, unspecified
Type of Facility
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)
Defendant(s) Virginia Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff is a Sunni Muslim incarcerated in a state correctional facility, who worked for the facility's law library and served as chief liaison between the facility's officers and its Sunni Muslim group.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2007 - n/a
Filing Year 2005
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
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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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7:05-cv-00642-PMS (W.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0021-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/30/2009
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-VA-0021-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/17/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order dismissing motion for summary judgment in part [ECF# 50] (479 F.Supp.2d 569) (W.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0021-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 09/22/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion on Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 51] (W.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0021-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/22/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order (Dismissing Case) [ECF# 89] (W.D. Va.)
PC-VA-0021-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/19/2007
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Sargent, Pamela Meade (W.D. Va.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
PC-VA-0021-0002 | PC-VA-0021-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Muse, William W. (Virginia) show/hide docs

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