Tag Archives: Civil Rights

Opening mail outside prisoner’s presence supports First Amendment claim (access required)

A pro se prisoner’s claim that his rights were violated was supported by the failure of prison officials to explain the need to check his mail for contraband outside of his presence. Because the infringement of his First Amendment rights ...

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Defendants did not obstruct justice in prior lawsuits (access required)

The plaintiffs could not claim the defendants conspired to obstruct justice by denying them access to the courts in violation of the First and 14th Amendments because the record shows that the plaintiffs previously filed two lawsuits—a bias suit against ...

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Attorneys’ fees reduced for travel time and lack of success (access required)

Although the civil rights litigation helped set guiding precedent at the intersection of two constitutional rights, the attorney’s hourly rate was reduced to align with those in the district, travel time was compensated at 50% of the usual rate and ...

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