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Case Name Thompson v. Baldwin PC-IL-0042
Docket / Court 3:18-cv-03230-SEM-TSH ( C.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
Attorney Organization Uptown People's Law Center
Case Summary
On September 13, 2018, the plaintiff filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. The plaintiff, an author of a Pulitzer-prize winning ... read more >
On September 13, 2018, the plaintiff filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. The plaintiff, an author of a Pulitzer-prize winning book about the Attica Prison uprising, wished for her book to be made available to prisoners who are under the authority of the Illinois Department of Correction [IDOC]. Her complaint alleged that the defendants, employees of IDOC, improperly censored her book by preventing it from being distributed in some of the prisons in the state. The complaint further alleged a violation of the plaintiff's free speech and due process rights, because there was no process available to challenge the censorship.

The case was assigned to Judge Sue E. Myerscough. The Uptown People's Law Center represent the plaintiff.

The most recent amended complaint was filed by the plaintiff on April 30, 2019. As of April 5, 2020, this case was ongoing and in discovery, with parties considering mediation.

Elizabeth Heise - 10/04/2018
Alex Moody - 04/05/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Mail
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Illinois Department of Corrections
Plaintiff Description An author who wishes her book to be available to prisoners at Illinois prisons.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Uptown People's Law Center
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 09/13/2018
Case Ongoing Yes
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Court Docket(s)
C.D. Ill. 3:18-cv-3230
PC-IL-0042-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/29/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
C.D. Ill.
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-IL-0042-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/13/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
C.D. Ill.
Second Amended Complaint [ECF# 32]
PC-IL-0042-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/30/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Myerscough, Sue Ellen (C.D. Ill.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Brunner, Benjamin R. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Kuhn-Thayer, Leslie Elaine (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Stonecipher, Jillian S. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Suozzi, Angelo J. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Ankney, Clayton J. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Ditzler, Megan Ann (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Furmanski, Brett R. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Shuck, Jeffrey A. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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