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Case Name Intersimone v. Carlson PC-PA-0014
Docket / Court 80-410 ( M.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Prison Conditions
Case Summary
In 1980, Sebastion Intersimone, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, filed a Section 1983 suit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania against prison officials. Plaintiff alleged deprivations of his First, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendment rights because of ... read more >
In 1980, Sebastion Intersimone, an inmate at the United States Penitentiary in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, filed a Section 1983 suit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania against prison officials. Plaintiff alleged deprivations of his First, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendment rights because of interference with his mailing privileges and subsequent disciplinary actions taken against him for his attempts to mail certain letters.

Following cross-motions for summary judgment, the District Court (Judge Robert Dixon Herman) granted plaintiff's motion for summary judgment in part and denied in part. The court held that the limitation of plaintiff's correspondence to a pre-established list of individuals was an unreasonable and arbitrary infringement of his First Amendment rights, but allowed defendants to prohibit plaintiff from mailing correspondence to a juror named as a defendant in plaintiff's civil action. Intersimone v. Carlson, 512 F. Supp. 526 (M.D. Pa. 1980).

The docket for this case is not available on PACER, and therefore our information ends with the most recent decision, dated December 29, 1980.

Eoghan Keenan - 06/10/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Mail
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) US Penitentiary
Plaintiff Description Inmate alleging interference with mailing privileges and subsequent disciplinary actions for attempts to mail certain letters
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Order Duration 1980 - n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Cruel Confinement: Abuse, Discrimination and Death Within Alabama's Prisons
Date: Jun. 4, 2014
(Southern Poverty Law Center )
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  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)
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
Date: Jan. 1, 1998
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
[ Detail ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum (512 F.Supp. 526) (M.D. Pa.)
PC-PA-0014-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 12/29/1980
Source: Google Scholar
Judges Herman, Robert Dixon (M.D. Pa.)
PC-PA-0014-0001

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