Case: Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Gonzales

3:06-cv-00244 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Filed Date: May 4, 2006

Closed Date: 2006

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Case Summary

On May 4, 2006, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice, challenging the constitutionality of single-faith re-entry programs in federal penitentiaries. The Complaint alleged that the Bureau's ongoing 18-month Life Connections Program, and attempts to expand that program to include "single faith" programs, violated the Establishm…

On May 4, 2006, the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin against the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice, challenging the constitutionality of single-faith re-entry programs in federal penitentiaries. The Complaint alleged that the Bureau's ongoing 18-month Life Connections Program, and attempts to expand that program to include "single faith" programs, violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

On September 13, 2006, the District Court (Judge John C. Shabaz) denied the defendants' motion to sever any claim relating to the Office of Management and Budget from the lawsuit.

Subsequent to the filing of the Complaint, the Bureau announced that it was canceling its plan to set up "single faith" programs in federal penitentiaries.

The parties entered a stipulation to dismiss the case without prejudice on November 9, 2006.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (2/17/2007)

People

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Judge(s)

Easterbrook, Frank Hoover (Illinois)

Evans, Terence Thomas (Wisconsin)

Flaum, Joel Martin (Illinois)

Kanne, Michael Stephen (Indiana)

Manion, Daniel Anthony (Indiana)

Posner, Richard Allen (Illinois)

Ripple, Kenneth Francis (Indiana)

Rovner, Ilana Kara Diamond (Illinois)

Shabaz, John C. (Wisconsin)

Sykes, Diane S. (Wisconsin)

Judge(s)

Easterbrook, Frank Hoover (Illinois)

Evans, Terence Thomas (Wisconsin)

Flaum, Joel Martin (Illinois)

Kanne, Michael Stephen (Indiana)

Manion, Daniel Anthony (Indiana)

Posner, Richard Allen (Illinois)

Ripple, Kenneth Francis (Indiana)

Rovner, Ilana Kara Diamond (Illinois)

Shabaz, John C. (Wisconsin)

Sykes, Diane S. (Wisconsin)

Williams, Ann Claire (Illinois)

Wood, Diane Pamela (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bolton, Richard L. (Wisconsin)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Herje, Leslie K. (Wisconsin)

Sturgill, Lowell V. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

3:06-cv-00244

Docket (PACER)

Nov. 9, 2006

Nov. 9, 2006

Docket

05-01130

USCA Order Denying Rehearing en Banc

Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Chao

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

447 F.3d 988, 2006 U.S.App.LEXIS 10942

May 3, 2006

May 3, 2006

Order/Opinion
2

3:06-cv-00244

Complaint

May 4, 2006

May 4, 2006

Complaint
14

3:06-cv-00244

Order (re severance)

2006 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 66745

Sept. 13, 2006

Sept. 13, 2006

Order/Opinion

"Single Faith" Federal Prison Programs Canceled after FFRF Files Suit: A Major Victory for FFRF!

No Court

Oct. 27, 2006

Oct. 27, 2006

Press Release

05-01130

USCA Opinion

Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Chao

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

433 F.3d 989, 2006 U.S.App.LEXIS 811

Nov. 13, 2006

Nov. 13, 2006

Order/Opinion

05-01130

USCA Opinion

Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Chao

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

250 Fed.Appx. 751, 2007 U.S.App.LEXIS 24319

Oct. 15, 2007

Oct. 15, 2007

Order/Opinion

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/12275634/freedom-from-religion-foundation-inc-v-gonzales-alberto-r/

Last updated Aug. 21, 2022, 3:06 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link

Jams Import Utility Entry

May 4, 2006

May 4, 2006

PACER

NORTC - FEE PAID.

May 4, 2006

May 4, 2006

PACER
1

JS-44 (Entered: 05/05/2006)

May 4, 2006

May 4, 2006

PACER
2

COMPLAINT - SUMMONS ISSUED. (Entered: 05/05/2006)

May 4, 2006

May 4, 2006

Clearinghouse
3

PPTC REPORT BY PLTFS. (Entered: 06/19/2006)

June 19, 2006

June 19, 2006

PACER
4

NOTICE OF APPEARANCE BY ATTY. ADAM KIRSCHNER FOR DEFTS. (Entered: 06/20/2006)

June 19, 2006

June 19, 2006

PACER
5

PPTC REPORT BY DEFTS. (Entered: 06/20/2006)

June 19, 2006

June 19, 2006

PACER
6

PTC ORDER (Entered: 06/22/2006)

June 22, 2006

June 22, 2006

PACER
7

MOTION (UNOPPOSED) BY DEFTS. FOR EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE ANSWER. (Entered: 07/10/2006)

July 7, 2006

July 7, 2006

PACER
8

ORDER GRANTING DEFTS. MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME TO FILE ANSWER UNTIL 7/21/06. (Entered: 07/12/2006)

July 12, 2006

July 12, 2006

PACER
9

ANSWER (Entered: 07/21/2006)

July 21, 2006

July 21, 2006

PACER
10

MOTION BY DEFTS. TO STAY REGARDING ANY CLAIM RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. (Entered: 08/31/2006)

Aug. 30, 2006

Aug. 30, 2006

PACER
11

MOTION BY DEFTS. TO SEVER ANY CLAIM RELATING TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET FROM THE CLAIMS RELATING TO BOP AND AG. (Entered: 08/31/2006)

Aug. 30, 2006

Aug. 30, 2006

PACER
12

BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF DEFT. MOTION TO STAY AND SEVER. (Entered: 08/31/2006)

Aug. 30, 2006

Aug. 30, 2006

PACER
13

DEFT. NOTICE OF APPEARANCE BY ATTY. KAREN RICHARDSON. (Entered: 09/01/2006)

Aug. 31, 2006

Aug. 31, 2006

PACER
14

ORDER DENYING DEFTS. MOTIONS TO SEVER AND STAY CLAIMS RELATING TO THE OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET. (Entered: 09/13/2006)

Sept. 13, 2006

Sept. 13, 2006

Clearinghouse

RECD. PARTIES STIPULATION OF DISMISSAL; FORWARDED TO CHAMBERS.

Nov. 7, 2006

Nov. 7, 2006

PACER
15

STIPULATION AND ORDER DISMISSING CASE W/O PREJUDICE; PARTIES TO BEAR THEIR OWN ATTY. FEES AND COSTS. CC MLD (Entered: 11/09/2006)

Nov. 9, 2006

Nov. 9, 2006

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: Wisconsin

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 4, 2006

Closing Date: 2006

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. whose purpose is to protect the fundamental constitutional principle of separation of church and state by representing and advocating on behalf of its members

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Federal Bureau of Prisons , Federal

Department of Justice, Federal

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Ex Parte Young (Federal) or Bivens

Constitutional Clause(s):

Establishment Clause

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Issues

General:

Religious programs / policies

Type of Facility:

Government-run