Case: Thompson v. Ricci

3:08-cv-05926 | U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Filed Date: Dec. 3, 2008

Closed Date: 2009

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Case Summary

On December 3, 2008, plaintiff, a prisoner who is an ordained Pentecostal minister, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000cc, et seq. ("RLUIPA") against the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Administrator at the New Jersey State Prison (NJSP). The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU, asked the court for nominal damages and to enj…

On December 3, 2008, plaintiff, a prisoner who is an ordained Pentecostal minister, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of New Jersey under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000cc, et seq. ("RLUIPA") against the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the Administrator at the New Jersey State Prison (NJSP). The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU, asked the court for nominal damages and to enjoin defendants from prohibiting plaintiff from preaching and ministering to other inmates, from leading religious services, and from teaching religious classes. Specifically, plaintiff claimed that defendants violated plaintiff's First Amendment right by implementing a policy banning all prisoners from preaching in the prison.

Plaintiff had preached at weekly worship services at NJSP for more than a decade when prison officials issued a blanket ban on all preaching by inmates, even when done under the direct supervision of prison staff.

On February 23, 2009, the U.S. District Court (Judge Anne E. Thompson) issued an order denying plaintiff's request for preliminary injunction. The court noted that prisoners may preach to small groups of no larger than six people, but may not lead large groups for security reasons. On November 25, 2009, the parties filed a Stipulation of Dismissal, as the claims in the action had been resolved by the parties.

Summary Authors

Julie Singer (10/23/2014)

People

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Judge(s)

Thompson, Anne Elise (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Barocas, Edward (New Jersey)

Mach, Daniel (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Milgram, Anne (New York)

Moratti, Dianne M. (New Jersey)

Scott, Susan Marie (New Jersey)

Weaver, Heather Lynn (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Thompson, Anne Elise (New Jersey)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Barocas, Edward (New Jersey)

Mach, Daniel (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Milgram, Anne (New York)

Moratti, Dianne M. (New Jersey)

Scott, Susan Marie (New Jersey)

Weaver, Heather Lynn (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:08-cv-05926

CIVIL DOCKET FOR CASE #: 3:08−cv−05926−AET−DEA

Nov. 25, 2009

Nov. 25, 2009

Docket
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3:08-cv-05926

Verified Complaint

Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

Complaint

3:08-cv-05926

Memorandum in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

Pleading / Motion / Brief
6

3:09-cv-05926

Order

Dec. 29, 2008

Dec. 29, 2008

Order/Opinion
18

3:08-cv-05926

Memorandum and Opinion

Feb. 23, 2009

Feb. 23, 2009

Order/Opinion
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Stipulation of Dismissal

Nov. 24, 2009

Nov. 24, 2009

Pleading / Motion / Brief

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4309475/thompson-v-ricci/

Last updated Aug. 6, 2022, 3:14 a.m.

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Complaint

1 Exhibit A

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2 Exhibit B

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3 Exhibit C

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4 Exhibit D

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5 Civil Cover Sheet

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6 Declaration OF BISHOP JOSEPH RAVENELL

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Complaint

1 Exhibit A

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2 Exhibit B

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3 Exhibit C

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4 Exhibit D

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5 Civil Cover Sheet

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6 Declaration OF BISHOP JOSEPH RAVENELL

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Complaint

1 Exhibit A

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2 Exhibit B

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3 Exhibit C

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4 Exhibit D

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5 Civil Cover Sheet

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6 Declaration OF BISHOP JOSEPH RAVENELL

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Complaint

1 Exhibit A

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2 Exhibit B

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3 Exhibit C

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4 Exhibit D

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5 Civil Cover Sheet

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6 Declaration OF BISHOP JOSEPH RAVENELL

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Motion for Preliminary Injunction

1 Brief

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2 Certificate of Service

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Motion for Preliminary Injunction

1 Brief

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2 Certificate of Service

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Motion for Preliminary Injunction

1 Brief

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2 Certificate of Service

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Motion for Preliminary Injunction

1 Brief

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2 Certificate of Service

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Motion for Leave to Appear

1 Certification IN SUPPORT OF PRO HAC VICE PETITION

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2 Certification IN SUPPORT OF PRO HAC VICE PETITION

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Motion for Leave to Appear

1 Certification IN SUPPORT OF PRO HAC VICE PETITION

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2 Certification IN SUPPORT OF PRO HAC VICE PETITION

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Motion for Leave to Appear

1 Certification IN SUPPORT OF PRO HAC VICE PETITION

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2 Certification IN SUPPORT OF PRO HAC VICE PETITION

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Motion for Leave to Appear

1 Certification IN SUPPORT OF PRO HAC VICE PETITION

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2 Certification IN SUPPORT OF PRO HAC VICE PETITION

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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Dec. 3, 2008

Dec. 3, 2008

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Summons Issued

Dec. 4, 2008

Dec. 4, 2008

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Summons Issued

Dec. 4, 2008

Dec. 4, 2008

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Summons Issued

Dec. 4, 2008

Dec. 4, 2008

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Summons Issued

Dec. 4, 2008

Dec. 4, 2008

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Summons Issued

Dec. 4, 2008

Dec. 4, 2008

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5

Summons Issued

Dec. 4, 2008

Dec. 4, 2008

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5

Summons Issued

Dec. 4, 2008

Dec. 4, 2008

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5

Summons Issued

Dec. 4, 2008

Dec. 4, 2008

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Order

Dec. 29, 2008

Dec. 29, 2008

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Order

Dec. 29, 2008

Dec. 29, 2008

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Order

Dec. 29, 2008

Dec. 29, 2008

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Order

Dec. 29, 2008

Dec. 29, 2008

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Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

Jan. 8, 2009

Jan. 8, 2009

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7

Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

Jan. 8, 2009

Jan. 8, 2009

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Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

Jan. 8, 2009

Jan. 8, 2009

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Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

Jan. 8, 2009

Jan. 8, 2009

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8

Summons Returned Executed

Jan. 9, 2009

Jan. 9, 2009

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Summons Returned Executed

Jan. 9, 2009

Jan. 9, 2009

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Summons Returned Executed

Jan. 9, 2009

Jan. 9, 2009

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Summons Returned Executed

Jan. 9, 2009

Jan. 9, 2009

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Summons Returned Executed

Jan. 9, 2009

Jan. 9, 2009

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Summons Returned Executed

Jan. 9, 2009

Jan. 9, 2009

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Summons Returned Executed

Jan. 9, 2009

Jan. 9, 2009

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Summons Returned Executed

Jan. 9, 2009

Jan. 9, 2009

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10

Brief in Opposition to Motion

1 Certification of Michelle Ricci

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2 Certificate of Service

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Jan. 16, 2009

Jan. 16, 2009

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Brief in Opposition to Motion

1 Certification of Michelle Ricci

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2 Certificate of Service

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Jan. 16, 2009

Jan. 16, 2009

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Brief in Opposition to Motion

1 Certification of Michelle Ricci

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2 Certificate of Service

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Jan. 16, 2009

Jan. 16, 2009

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Brief in Opposition to Motion

1 Certification of Michelle Ricci

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2 Certificate of Service

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Jan. 16, 2009

Jan. 16, 2009

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Application for Clerk's Order to Ext Answer/Proposed Order

1 Certificate of Service

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Jan. 22, 2009

Jan. 22, 2009

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11

Application for Clerk's Order to Ext Answer/Proposed Order

1 Certificate of Service

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Jan. 22, 2009

Jan. 22, 2009

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Application for Clerk's Order to Ext Answer/Proposed Order

1 Certificate of Service

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Jan. 22, 2009

Jan. 22, 2009

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Application for Clerk's Order to Ext Answer/Proposed Order

1 Certificate of Service

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Jan. 22, 2009

Jan. 22, 2009

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Letter

Jan. 23, 2009

Jan. 23, 2009

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Letter

Jan. 23, 2009

Jan. 23, 2009

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Letter

Jan. 23, 2009

Jan. 23, 2009

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Letter

Jan. 23, 2009

Jan. 23, 2009

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Answer to Complaint

1 Certificate of Service

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Feb. 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

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Answer to Complaint

1 Certificate of Service

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Feb. 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

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Answer to Complaint

1 Certificate of Service

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Feb. 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

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Answer to Complaint

1 Certificate of Service

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Feb. 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

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Reply to Response to Motion

1 Declaration of Howard Thompson

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2 Declaration of Dr. Yolanda Pierce

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Feb. 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

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Reply to Response to Motion

1 Declaration of Howard Thompson

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2 Declaration of Dr. Yolanda Pierce

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Feb. 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

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Reply to Response to Motion

1 Declaration of Howard Thompson

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2 Declaration of Dr. Yolanda Pierce

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Feb. 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

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Reply to Response to Motion

1 Declaration of Howard Thompson

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2 Declaration of Dr. Yolanda Pierce

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Feb. 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

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Notice of Hearing

Feb. 11, 2009

Feb. 11, 2009

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15

Notice of Hearing

Feb. 11, 2009

Feb. 11, 2009

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Notice of Hearing

Feb. 11, 2009

Feb. 11, 2009

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Notice of Hearing

Feb. 11, 2009

Feb. 11, 2009

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Motion Hearing

Feb. 17, 2009

Feb. 17, 2009

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Motion Hearing

Feb. 17, 2009

Feb. 17, 2009

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Motion Hearing

Feb. 17, 2009

Feb. 17, 2009

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Motion Hearing

Feb. 17, 2009

Feb. 17, 2009

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Letter

Feb. 18, 2009

Feb. 18, 2009

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Letter

Feb. 18, 2009

Feb. 18, 2009

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Letter

Feb. 18, 2009

Feb. 18, 2009

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Letter

Feb. 18, 2009

Feb. 18, 2009

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18

Order on Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Feb. 23, 2009

Feb. 23, 2009

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Order on Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Feb. 23, 2009

Feb. 23, 2009

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Order on Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Feb. 23, 2009

Feb. 23, 2009

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Order on Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Feb. 23, 2009

Feb. 23, 2009

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19

Transcript

March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009

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Transcript

March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009

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19

Transcript

March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009

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Transcript

March 6, 2009

March 6, 2009

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Scheduling Order

March 16, 2009

March 16, 2009

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Scheduling Order

March 16, 2009

March 16, 2009

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Scheduling Order

March 16, 2009

March 16, 2009

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Scheduling Order

March 16, 2009

March 16, 2009

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21

Motion for Leave to Appear

1 Certification of Ed Barocas in Support of Pro Hac Vice Petition

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2 Certification of Heather Weaver in Support of Pro Hac Vice Petition

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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April 8, 2009

April 8, 2009

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Motion for Leave to Appear

1 Certification of Ed Barocas in Support of Pro Hac Vice Petition

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2 Certification of Heather Weaver in Support of Pro Hac Vice Petition

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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April 8, 2009

April 8, 2009

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Motion for Leave to Appear

1 Certification of Ed Barocas in Support of Pro Hac Vice Petition

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2 Certification of Heather Weaver in Support of Pro Hac Vice Petition

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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April 8, 2009

April 8, 2009

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Motion for Leave to Appear

1 Certification of Ed Barocas in Support of Pro Hac Vice Petition

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2 Certification of Heather Weaver in Support of Pro Hac Vice Petition

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3 Text of Proposed Order

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April 8, 2009

April 8, 2009

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Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

April 14, 2009

April 14, 2009

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Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

April 14, 2009

April 14, 2009

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Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

April 14, 2009

April 14, 2009

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Order on Motion for Leave to Appear

April 14, 2009

April 14, 2009

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Order

April 14, 2009

April 14, 2009

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Order

April 14, 2009

April 14, 2009

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Order

April 14, 2009

April 14, 2009

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Order

April 14, 2009

April 14, 2009

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Notice of Appearance

April 21, 2009

April 21, 2009

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Notice of Appearance

April 21, 2009

April 21, 2009

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Notice of Appearance

April 21, 2009

April 21, 2009

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Notice of Appearance

April 21, 2009

April 21, 2009

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Motion to Amend/Correct

1 Text of Proposed Order

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June 2, 2009

June 2, 2009

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Motion to Amend/Correct

1 Text of Proposed Order

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June 2, 2009

June 2, 2009

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Motion to Amend/Correct

1 Text of Proposed Order

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June 2, 2009

June 2, 2009

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Motion to Amend/Correct

1 Text of Proposed Order

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June 2, 2009

June 2, 2009

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Case Details

State / Territory: New Jersey

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 3, 2008

Closing Date: 2009

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Prisoner who is an ordained Pentecostal minister.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

New Jersey Department of Correction, State

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Religious Freedom Rest. Act/Religious Land Use and Inst. Persons Act (RFRA/RLUIPA)

Constitutional Clause(s):

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Non-settlement Outcome

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief denied

Issues

General:

Religious programs / policies

Discrimination-basis:

Religion discrimination

Type of Facility:

Government-run