Case: In re Class Action Application for Habeas Corpus on Behalf of All Material Witnesses in Western Dist. of Texas

2:83-cv-00046 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Filed Date: Nov. 15, 1983

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Case Summary

In 1983, indigent aliens who had been detained as material witnesses filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, challenging the government's refusal to appointment them counsel. Petitioners had been detained by the federal government as material witnesses, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 3144, for the criminal prosecution of those persons charged with transporting them across the border.

The Court granted Petitioners' motion for partial summary judgment and ordered the judges of the Western District of Texas to take immediate steps to draft and implement a plan to provide representation to persons the government sought to detain as material witnesses. In re Class Action Application for Habeas Corpus ex rel. All Material Witnesses in the Western District of Texas, 612 F.Supp. 940 (W.D.Tex.1985).

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (10/16/2007)

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People


Judge(s)

Korbel, George (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Nowak, Raymond A (Texas)

Judge(s)

Korbel, George (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Nowak, Raymond A (Texas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:83-cv-00046

0:83-cr-00048

Order

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

612 F.Supp. 940

June 28, 1985

June 28, 1985

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 15, 1983

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Aliens who were detained as material witnesses in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Unknown

Defendants

Department of Justice, Federal

Case Details

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 1985 - None

Issues

General:

Habeas Corpus

Immigration/Border:

Constitutional rights

Detention - conditions

Detention - procedures