Daugherty v. Harrington

(United States Seventh Circuit) – Reinstated a state prisoner’s claim that a correctional lieutenant violated his First Amendment rights by retaliating against him for complaining about the conditions of confinement; but otherwise affirmed summary judgment against the prisoners’ First and Eighth Amendment claims. (The correctional lieutenant, in fact, conceded on appeal that he was not …

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Yarls v. Bunton

(United States Fifth Circuit) – Dismissed as moot a constitutional challenge to Louisiana public defenders’ practice of placing indigent, non-capital defendants on waitlists for appointed counsel, which allegedly violated their right to a speedy trial and to assistance of counsel. Held that the case was moot because the waitlists in question were eliminated when the …

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