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December 7, 2018

Eighth Circuit Affirms Class-Action Status for Lawsuit Against Missouri Department of Corrections’ for Lack of Hepatitis C Treatment

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ST. LOUIS – Today, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a district court’s certification of a class-action lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections and its private medical provider, Corizon LLC, for their inhumane, unconstitutional treatment of inmates with chronic hepatitis C. “Class certification allows us to force the prison system to abandon its...
December 7, 2018

St. Clair County ordered to pay $301,000 to family of jail inmate who committed suicide

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“This is a significant verdict” because the plaintiffs believe it’s the first time the jail has been held accountable for its inmates’ health in this manner, Bedi said. “It’s a strong message to correctional officers at St. Clair County Jail that they can’t go on disregarding the lives of people,” she said.

Belleville News-Democrat

December 6, 2018

Appeals court upholds class action status for thousands of Missouri inmates with hepatitis

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The American Civil Liberties Union and the MacArthur Justice Center sued the state on behalf of three inmates with the virus in 2016. The plaintiffs allege that the state didn’t treat their condition properly or quickly enough and only gave treatment to the people with the most serious symptoms. Those actions, they argue, violate the U.S Constitution...

St. Louis Public Radio

November 9, 2018

Judge orders training on transgender issues for all Illinois prison staff amid inmate lawsuit

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After multiple suits against the Illinois Department of Corrections, a federal judge in southern Illinois recognized that the Constitution protects trans women from discrimination. The judge ordered state prison officials to re-evaluate Strawberry Hampton’s previously denied request for transfer — and also mandated that the agency develop training on transgender issues for all staff.

Chicago Tribune

November 9, 2018

DA on hot seat, accused of rigging case against former death row inmate

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4WWL

November 8, 2018

Oral Argument: Garza v. Idaho (U.S. Supreme Court)

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Supreme Court of the United States

November 8, 2018

State ordered to review transgender inmate’s request to move to female prison

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Chicago Sun-Times

November 5, 2018

Police lawsuits provide an inside view of cash register justice in Louisiana

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Scalawag

October 31, 2018

Argument analysis: Court skeptical that a lawyer may unilaterally countermand client’s instruction to file a criminal appeal

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SCOTUS blog

October 30, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court hears Garza v. Idaho arguments on defendant’s right to appellate review

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In an appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct 30, 2018, Amir Ali, Supreme Court and Appellate Counsel at the MacArthur Justice Center, argued Gilberto Garza Jr., was deprived of his constitutional right to a lawyer because his lawyers did not follow his instructions to appeal the legality of his plea and sentence. In...