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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. As of October 4, 2018, this case is ongoing and has not been adjudicated on the merits.

Elizabeth Heise - 10/04/2018


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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
Filing Year 2018
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)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
Book
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)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
3:18-cv-3230 (C.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0042-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/05/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PC-IL-0042-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/13/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Myerscough, Sue Ellen (C.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0042-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brunner, Benjamin R. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0042-0001 | PC-IL-0042-9000
Mattson, Eric S. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0042-0001 | PC-IL-0042-9000
Mazur, Elizabeth N (Illinois)
PC-IL-0042-0001 | PC-IL-0042-9000
Mills, Alan S. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0042-0001 | PC-IL-0042-9000
Schult, Nicole (Illinois)
PC-IL-0042-0001 | PC-IL-0042-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Furmanski, Brett R. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0042-9000
Shuck, Jeffrey A. (Illinois)
PC-IL-0042-9000

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