Case: Prison Legal News v. Lindsey

3:07-cv-00367 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Filed Date: Feb. 27, 2007

Closed Date: 2007

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Case Summary

On February 27, 2007, Prison Legal News, a Washington non-profit corporation that published materials of interest for inmates, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, challenging a Dallas County Jail policy which prohibited inmates from receiving magazines and newspapers. Prison Legal News claimed that the Jail policy was an improper restriction on free speech in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Plaintiff sought de…

On February 27, 2007, Prison Legal News, a Washington non-profit corporation that published materials of interest for inmates, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, challenging a Dallas County Jail policy which prohibited inmates from receiving magazines and newspapers. Prison Legal News claimed that the Jail policy was an improper restriction on free speech in violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as compensatory and punitive damages. Attorneys with the Texas Civil Rights Project represented the plaintiff.

The same day the suit was filed, plaintiff requested a preliminary injunction. That request was subsequently denied by the District Court (Judge Jorge A Solis).

On September 28, 2007, plaintiff moved for summary judgment. Shortly thereafter, the parties settled the case. Judge Solis gave the parties 60 days to formalize the settlement and prepare the necessary closing papers.

On December 7, 2007, the court approved a consent decree in the case, and on December 19, 2007, the court dismissed the action with prejudice. Under the terms of the consent decree, the defendants agreed to allow Prison Legal News publications in all of the Dallas County correctional facilities. The defendants also agreed to pay $9000 in damages, fees, and costs.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (10/1/2008)

People

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Judge(s)

Solis, Jorge Antonio (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Harrington, James C (Texas)

Krause, Wayne Nicholas (Texas)

Medlock, Scott Charles (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Westergard, Dolena T. (Texas)

Judge(s)

Solis, Jorge Antonio (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Harrington, James C (Texas)

Krause, Wayne Nicholas (Texas)

Medlock, Scott Charles (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Westergard, Dolena T. (Texas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:07-cv-00367

Docket (PACER)

Dec. 19, 2007

Dec. 19, 2007

Docket
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3:07-cv-00367

Plaintiff's Original Complaint

Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

Complaint
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3:07-cv-00367

Consent Decree and Settlement Agreement

Dec. 7, 2007

Dec. 7, 2007

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4390097/prison-legal-news-v-lindsey/

Last updated July 23, 2022, 3:19 a.m.

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Complaint

Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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1

Complaint

Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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1

Complaint

Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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2

Motion for Injunction

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3 Exhibit 2, part 1

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4 Exhibit 2, part 2

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5 Exhibit 2, part 3

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6 Exhibit 2, part 4

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10 Exhibit 3

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12 Exhibit 5

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Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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Motion for Injunction

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10 Exhibit 3

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11 Exhibit 4

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12 Exhibit 5

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Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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Motion for Injunction

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4 Exhibit 2, part 2

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6 Exhibit 2, part 4

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10 Exhibit 3

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11 Exhibit 4

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12 Exhibit 5

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Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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Summons Issued

Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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3

Summons Issued

Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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3

Summons Issued

Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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6

Order for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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6

Order for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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6

Order for Admission Pro Hac Vice

Feb. 27, 2007

Feb. 27, 2007

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4

Paper Case Designation Order

Feb. 28, 2007

Feb. 28, 2007

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4

Paper Case Designation Order

Feb. 28, 2007

Feb. 28, 2007

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4

Paper Case Designation Order

Feb. 28, 2007

Feb. 28, 2007

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5

Cert. Of Interested Persons/Disclosure Statement

Feb. 28, 2007

Feb. 28, 2007

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5

Cert. Of Interested Persons/Disclosure Statement

Feb. 28, 2007

Feb. 28, 2007

PACER
5

Cert. Of Interested Persons/Disclosure Statement

Feb. 28, 2007

Feb. 28, 2007

PACER
7

Summons Returned

2 Exhibit 1

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March 12, 2007

March 12, 2007

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7

Summons Returned

2 Exhibit 1

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March 12, 2007

March 12, 2007

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7

Summons Returned

2 Exhibit 1

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March 12, 2007

March 12, 2007

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8

Summons Returned

March 15, 2007

March 15, 2007

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8

Summons Returned

March 15, 2007

March 15, 2007

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8

Summons Returned

March 15, 2007

March 15, 2007

PACER
9

Notice (Other)

2 Exhibit 1

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March 16, 2007

March 16, 2007

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9

Notice (Other)

2 Exhibit 1

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March 16, 2007

March 16, 2007

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9

Notice (Other)

2 Exhibit 1

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March 16, 2007

March 16, 2007

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10

Summons Returned

March 16, 2007

March 16, 2007

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10

Summons Returned

March 16, 2007

March 16, 2007

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10

Summons Returned

March 16, 2007

March 16, 2007

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11

Summons Returned

March 16, 2007

March 16, 2007

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11

Summons Returned

March 16, 2007

March 16, 2007

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11

Summons Returned

March 16, 2007

March 16, 2007

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12

Answer to Complaint

March 26, 2007

March 26, 2007

PACER
12

Answer to Complaint

March 26, 2007

March 26, 2007

PACER
12

Answer to Complaint

March 26, 2007

March 26, 2007

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13

Cert. Of Interested Persons/Disclosure Statement

March 26, 2007

March 26, 2007

PACER
13

Cert. Of Interested Persons/Disclosure Statement

March 26, 2007

March 26, 2007

PACER
13

Cert. Of Interested Persons/Disclosure Statement

March 26, 2007

March 26, 2007

PACER
14

Order for Scheduling Order Proposal

April 2, 2007

April 2, 2007

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14

Order for Scheduling Order Proposal

April 2, 2007

April 2, 2007

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14

Order for Scheduling Order Proposal

April 2, 2007

April 2, 2007

PACER
15

Notice (Other)

April 6, 2007

April 6, 2007

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15

Notice (Other)

April 6, 2007

April 6, 2007

PACER
15

Notice (Other)

April 6, 2007

April 6, 2007

PACER
16

Response/Objection

April 18, 2007

April 18, 2007

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16

Response/Objection

April 18, 2007

April 18, 2007

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16

Response/Objection

April 18, 2007

April 18, 2007

PACER
17

Reply

April 27, 2007

April 27, 2007

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17

Reply

April 27, 2007

April 27, 2007

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17

Reply

April 27, 2007

April 27, 2007

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18

Proposed Scheduling and Discovery Order

May 3, 2007

May 3, 2007

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18

Proposed Scheduling and Discovery Order

May 3, 2007

May 3, 2007

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Proposed Scheduling and Discovery Order

May 3, 2007

May 3, 2007

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19

Scheduling Order

May 4, 2007

May 4, 2007

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19

Scheduling Order

May 4, 2007

May 4, 2007

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Scheduling Order

May 4, 2007

May 4, 2007

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20

Order

May 23, 2007

May 23, 2007

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20

Order

May 23, 2007

May 23, 2007

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20

Order

May 23, 2007

May 23, 2007

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21

Appendix in Support

May 29, 2007

May 29, 2007

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Appendix in Support

May 29, 2007

May 29, 2007

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21

Appendix in Support

May 29, 2007

May 29, 2007

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Designation of Experts

June 7, 2007

June 7, 2007

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Designation of Experts

June 7, 2007

June 7, 2007

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Designation of Experts

June 7, 2007

June 7, 2007

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23

Order on Motion for Injunction

June 18, 2007

June 18, 2007

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23

Order on Motion for Injunction

June 18, 2007

June 18, 2007

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23

Order on Motion for Injunction

June 18, 2007

June 18, 2007

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24

Notice (Other)

June 19, 2007

June 19, 2007

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24

Notice (Other)

June 19, 2007

June 19, 2007

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24

Notice (Other)

June 19, 2007

June 19, 2007

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25

Notice (Other)

June 28, 2007

June 28, 2007

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25

Notice (Other)

June 28, 2007

June 28, 2007

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25

Notice (Other)

June 28, 2007

June 28, 2007

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26

Notice (Other)

July 3, 2007

July 3, 2007

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26

Notice (Other)

July 3, 2007

July 3, 2007

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26

Notice (Other)

July 3, 2007

July 3, 2007

PACER
27

Motion for Leave to File

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3 Order

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Aug. 13, 2007

Aug. 13, 2007

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Motion for Leave to File

2 Exhibit A

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3 Order

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Aug. 13, 2007

Aug. 13, 2007

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Motion for Leave to File

2 Exhibit A

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3 Order

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Aug. 13, 2007

Aug. 13, 2007

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Order on Motion for Leave to File

Aug. 24, 2007

Aug. 24, 2007

PACER
28

Order on Motion for Leave to File

Aug. 24, 2007

Aug. 24, 2007

PACER
28

Order on Motion for Leave to File

Aug. 24, 2007

Aug. 24, 2007

PACER
29

Amended Complaint

Aug. 24, 2007

Aug. 24, 2007

PACER
29

Amended Complaint

Aug. 24, 2007

Aug. 24, 2007

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29

Amended Complaint

Aug. 24, 2007

Aug. 24, 2007

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30

Answer to Amended Complaint

Aug. 28, 2007

Aug. 28, 2007

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30

Answer to Amended Complaint

Aug. 28, 2007

Aug. 28, 2007

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30

Answer to Amended Complaint

Aug. 28, 2007

Aug. 28, 2007

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31

Cert. Of Interested Persons/Disclosure Statement

Aug. 28, 2007

Aug. 28, 2007

PACER
31

Cert. Of Interested Persons/Disclosure Statement

Aug. 28, 2007

Aug. 28, 2007

PACER
31

Cert. Of Interested Persons/Disclosure Statement

Aug. 28, 2007

Aug. 28, 2007

PACER
32

Notice (Other)

Aug. 28, 2007

Aug. 28, 2007

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32

Notice (Other)

Aug. 28, 2007

Aug. 28, 2007

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32

Notice (Other)

Aug. 28, 2007

Aug. 28, 2007

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33

Settlement Conference Report

Sept. 20, 2007

Sept. 20, 2007

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Settlement Conference Report

Sept. 20, 2007

Sept. 20, 2007

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Settlement Conference Report

Sept. 20, 2007

Sept. 20, 2007

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Settlement Conference Report

Sept. 21, 2007

Sept. 21, 2007

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Case Details

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 27, 2007

Closing Date: 2007

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Prison Legal News, a Washington non-profit corporation that published materials of interest for inmates.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Sheriff of Dallas County (Dallas), County

Office of Detentions for Dallas County (Office of Detentions for Dallas County, Dallas), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2007 - 0

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief denied

Issues

General:

Law library access

Library (non-law) access

Mail

Affected Gender:

Female

Male

Type of Facility:

Government-run