Case: Langton v. Hogan

1:79-cv-02167 | U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Filed Date: Oct. 30, 1979

Closed Date: 1997

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Case Summary

On October 30, 1979, William Langton and David LeBlanc, inmates at the Southeastern Correctional Center of Massachusetts, brought suit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging that state prison officials violated their constitutionally protected rights by intercepting and monitoring their telephone calls to counsel and other private calls. The inmates' telephone access was restricted while they were held in the maximum security area of the pris…

On October 30, 1979, William Langton and David LeBlanc, inmates at the Southeastern Correctional Center of Massachusetts, brought suit under 42 U.S.C. §1983 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts alleging that state prison officials violated their constitutionally protected rights by intercepting and monitoring their telephone calls to counsel and other private calls. The inmates' telephone access was restricted while they were held in the maximum security area of the prison, and they were represented by private counsel. On October 17, 1984, after negotiations of the parties, the District Court (Judge Rya Zobel) entered a settlement stipulation. Included in the settlement stipulation was a permanent injunction that prevented the prison officials from intercepting any wire communication by or to William Langton or David LeBlanc while in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

Shortly after entry of the settlement agreement, the inmates filed a petition for contempt alleging that the intent and language of the agreement had violated by prison officials regularly asking inmates whether prospective telephone calls were personal or legal and on one occasion requiring an inmate to divulge the name and number of the person to be called. Judge Zobel ordered the officials to cease such conduct and comply with the settlement agreement. The private counsel for the inmates subsequently prevailed on its motion for attorney's fees and costs when Judge Zobel found them to be a prevailing party on the contempt motion. Langton v. Hogan, No. 79-2167, 1988 U.S. Dist. WL 3099 (D.Mass. Jan. 8, 1988) (memorandum of decision).

The Department of Correction apparently complied henceforth with the permanent injunction until April 1994, when it promulgated new regulations governing telephone access and use by inmates found at 103 C.M.R. §§482.00 et seq. These regulations instituted a system of routine monitoring of inmate telephone calls by the Department of Correction and required inmates to sign a form consenting to having their calls monitored, or be deprived of their telephone access. Langton and LeBlanc refused to sign the consent forms and were denied telephone access. They filed a petition for contempt, and in January 1995, the state officials filed a motion to modify the permanent injunction. On February 21, 1995, Judge Zobel allowed the modification of the permanent injunction to limit Langton and LeBlanc's access in accordance with the new regulations except that the prison officials were not permitted to monitor the plaintiffs' calls. Langton v. Hogan, No. 79-2167, 1995 U.S. Dist. WL 96948 (D.Mass. Feb. 21, 1995) (memorandum decision). This modification was contingent upon counsel submitting a form of judgment reflecting the modification of the permanent injunction. However, the counsel failed to agree upon a form of judgment reflecting the modification allowed. Therefore, on May 3, 1995, Judge Zobel signed a judgment that denied the prison officials' request to modify the permanent injunction to allow monitoring of the plaintiffs' telephone calls. Judge Zobel did find that other limitations on plaintiffs' telephone calls requested by state officials were appropriate. These limitations included requiring each plaintiff to use a PIN, requiring the plaintiffs to submit a list of telephone numbers for authorization, and limiting the actual number of telephone calls. On November 21, 1995, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (District Judge Robert Keeton, sitting by designation) affirmed this modification of the permanent injunction Langton v. Hogan, 71 F.3d 930 (1st Cir. 1995).

The docket information available on PACER begins on June 9, 1994, with the plaintiffs' aforementioned petition for contempt which was filed in response to the new prison telephone regulations promulgated by the state of Massachusetts in April 1994. On July 9, 1996, the case was reassigned from Judge Zobel to Judge Mark L. Wolf of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Although the plaintiffs filed subsequent motions for contempt, preliminary injunctions and temporary restraining orders, all of these outstanding issues were deemed by Judge Wolf to be resolved on May 20, 1997, and the case was closed on that date.

Summary Authors

Tom Madison (3/25/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Keeton, Robert Ernest (Massachusetts)

Wolf, Mark Lawrence (Massachusetts)

Zobel, Rya Weickert (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bannon, Dennis J. (Massachusetts)

Hamelburg, Barbara S. (Massachusetts)

Monaghan, John (Massachusetts)

Troy, Paul E. (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Abbott, Howard C. (Alabama)

Bishop, John W. Jr. (Massachusetts)

Harshbarger, Scott (Massachusetts)

Judge(s)

Keeton, Robert Ernest (Massachusetts)

Wolf, Mark Lawrence (Massachusetts)

Zobel, Rya Weickert (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bannon, Dennis J. (Massachusetts)

Hamelburg, Barbara S. (Massachusetts)

Monaghan, John (Massachusetts)

Troy, Paul E. (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Abbott, Howard C. (Alabama)

Bishop, John W. Jr. (Massachusetts)

Harshbarger, Scott (Massachusetts)

Laufer, Karen (Massachusetts)

Munnelly, Robert J. Jr. (Massachusetts)

Ranieri, Donald G. (Massachusetts)

Silva, Philip W. IV (Massachusetts)

White, Nancy Ankers (Massachusetts)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Dec. 11, 1997 Docket

Memorandum of Decision

1988 WL 3099, 1988 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 105

Jan. 8, 1988 Order/Opinion
215

Memorandum of Decision

1995 WL 96948, 1995 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2900

Feb. 21, 1995 Order/Opinion

Reported Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

71 F.3d 930, 1995 U.S.App.LEXIS 32642

Dec. 14, 1995 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link
183

Motion by William Langton, David LeBlanc for appointment of counsel , filed. (lau) (Entered: 06/27/1994)

June 9, 1994
184

Petition for Contempt filed by plaintiffs. (lau) (Entered: 06/27/1994)

June 9, 1994

Case closed. (lau) (Entered: 06/27/1994)

June 27, 1994
185

Motion by William Hogan Jr., Ronald Amaral, George Vose, Arthur Silva, McMannus to extend time to file a response to petition for contempt , filed. (lau) (Entered: 07/14/1994)

July 14, 1994

Sent copy of docket sheet to William Langton (lau) (Entered: 07/19/1994)

July 19, 1994
186

Motion by William Langton, David LeBlanc for temporary restraining order , filed. (lau) (Entered: 07/22/1994)

July 21, 1994
188

Response by William Langton, David LeBlanc in opposition to [185-1] motion to extend time to file a response to petition for contempt , filed. (lau) (Entered: 07/22/1994)

July 22, 1994

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Endorsed Order entered granting [185-1] motion to extend time to file a response to petition for contempt. Entered cc/cl (lau) (Entered: 07/27/1994)

July 26, 1994
189

Motion by Ronald Amaral, George Vose, Arthur Silva, McMannus to strike plaintiff David LeBlanc , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/01/1994)

July 29, 1994
190

Motion by William Hogan Jr., Ronald Amaral, George Vose, Arthur Silva, McMannus to dismiss plaintiffs' petition for contempt , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/01/1994)

July 29, 1994
191

Memorandum by William Hogan Jr., Ronald Amaral, George Vose, Arthur Silva, McMannus in support of [190-1] motion to dismiss plaintiffs' petition for contempt , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/01/1994)

July 29, 1994
192

Response by William Langton, David LeBlanc in opposition to [189-1] motion to strike plaintiff David LeBlanc , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/05/1994)

Aug. 5, 1994
193

Memorandum by William Langton, David LeBlanc in opposition to [190- 1] motion to dismiss plaintiffs' petition for contempt , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/05/1994)

Aug. 5, 1994
194

Motion by William Langton, David LeBlanc for writ of habeas corpus ad testificandum for William Langton & David LeBlanc , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/10/1994)

Aug. 10, 1994
195

Motion by William Langton, David LeBlanc for writ of habeas corpus ad testificandum for William Langton and David LeBlanc , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/15/1994)

Aug. 15, 1994
197

Response by William Langton, David LeBlanc in opposition to [189-1] motion to strike plaintiff David LeBlanc , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/16/1994)

Aug. 15, 1994
198

Response by William Langton, David LeBlanc in opposition to [190-1] motion to dismiss plaintiffs' petition for contempt , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/16/1994)

Aug. 15, 1994
199

Memorandum by William Langton, David LeBlanc in support of [198-1] opposition response , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/16/1994)

Aug. 15, 1994
200

Affidavit of David LeBlanc , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/16/1994)

Aug. 15, 1994
196

Reply by William Hogan Jr., Ronald Amaral, George Vose, Arthur Silva, McMannus to response to [190-1] motion to dismiss plaintiffs' petition for contempt , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/16/1994)

Aug. 16, 1994
202

Letter by William Langton dated: 8/23/94 to: Ms. White re: settlement , filed. (lau) (Entered: 09/01/1994)

Aug. 23, 1994
203

Letter by William Langton dated: 9/4/94 to: Clerk re: copy of docket sheet, (sent copy of docket sheet 9/12/94) , filed. (lau) (Entered: 09/12/1994)

Sept. 12, 1994

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Endorsed Order entered granting [183-1] motion for appointment of counsel. Entered cc/cl (lau) (Entered: 09/14/1994)

Sept. 14, 1994
204

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Order under the provisions of Title 28, U.S.C., 1915 entered . (lau) (Entered: 09/14/1994)

Sept. 14, 1994
205

Letter by William Langton dated: 9/17/94 to: Clerk re: P.O. Box 466 , filed. (lau) (Entered: 09/22/1994)

Sept. 21, 1994
206

Notice of appearance of attorney for William Langton, David LeBlanc by Barbara S. Hamelburg, Dennis J. Bannon, filed. (lau) (Entered: 09/22/1994)

Sept. 22, 1994
207

Letter by William Langton, David LeBlanc by Dennis J. Bannon dated: 11/2/94 to: Ms. Dello Russo re: a status conference , filed. (lau) (Entered: 11/07/1994)

Nov. 7, 1994

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Endorsement re: [207-1] remark. Counsel shall appear for a conference at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, 1994. Entered cc/cl (lau) (Entered: 11/08/1994)

Nov. 8, 1994

Status conference held . (lau) (Entered: 11/17/1994)

Nov. 17, 1994
208

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Clerk's Notes: re: status conference, set status conference for 2:00 12/15/94 (lau) (Entered: 11/17/1994)

Nov. 17, 1994
209

Motion by William Langton for file supplemental petition for contempt , filed. (lau) (Entered: 12/15/1994)

Dec. 15, 1994

Status conference held . (lau) (Entered: 12/16/1994)

Dec. 15, 1994
210

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Clerk's Notes: re: status conference; The parties have not come to an argeement at this time. Defendant plans to aks for the consent decree to be amended so as to be in compliance with the new telephone restrictions. In the meantime, his personal effects have been taken away frm him. Defendants motion will be filed early January (6th). Mr. Bannon would like 14 days to respond (Jan. 20) Hearing 1/31/95 at 3:00. In the meantime Mr. Silva should work on getting his effects returned to him. Entered (lau) (Entered: 12/16/1994)

Dec. 15, 1994
211

Motion by William Hogan Jr., Ronald Amaral, George Vose, Arthur Silva, McMannus to modify the Permanent Injunction , filed. (lau) (Entered: 01/09/1995)

Jan. 6, 1995
213

Response by William Langton, David LeBlanc in opposition to [211-1] motion to modify the Permanent Injunction , filed. (lau) (Entered: 01/23/1995)

Jan. 20, 1995

Motion hearing re: [211-1] motion to modify the Permanent Injunction (fmr) (Entered: 02/02/1995)

Jan. 31, 1995
214

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Clerk's Notes: re: Motion Hearing: [211-1] motion to modify the Permanent Injunction taken under advisement Court Reporter: McLaughlin (fmr) (Entered: 02/02/1995)

Jan. 31, 1995

Terminated document mooting [195-1] motion for writ of habeas corpus ad testificandum for William Langton and David LeBlanc, mooting [194- 1] motion for writ of habeas corpus ad testificandum for William Langton & David LeBlanc, mooting [190-1] motion to dismiss plaintiffs' petition for contempt, mooting [189-1] motion to strike plaintiff David LeBlanc, mooting [186-1] motion for temporary restraining order counsel having been appointed. Requested by ctd. (fmr) (Entered: 02/08/1995)

Feb. 8, 1995
215

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Memorandum of Decision entered. granting in part, denying in part [211-1] motion to modify the Permanent Injunction. Defendants' motion to modify the permanent injunction is allowed to the extent that the Dept. of Corrections may limit plaintiffs' access in accordance with the Regulations, 403 CMR 482.00 et seq. It is denied to the extent that defendants shall not monitor plaintiffs' calls and 482.00 shall not apply to plaintiffs. Counsel shall submit a form of judgment reflecting the modification allowed. Entered cc/cl (lau) (Entered: 02/23/1995)

Feb. 21, 1995
217

Motion by William Langton for appointment of counsel , filed. (lau) (Entered: 03/17/1995)

March 3, 1995
216

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Clerk's Notes: re: conference; Court admits there may be sone confustion in the memo & order recently issued and talks at length with counsel in an effort to clarify same. Judgment shall be entered with the clarifications requested by plaintiff pending further order of the court. Parties to work out the message issue within the next two weeks. Entered (lau) (Entered: 03/17/1995)

March 16, 1995

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Endorsed Order entered denying [217-1] motion for appointment of counsel. Entered cc/cl (lau) (Entered: 03/17/1995)

March 16, 1995
221

Affidavit of Thomas Sweeney , filed. (lau) (Entered: 04/07/1995)

March 30, 1995
218

Motion by William Langton for appointment of counsel , filed. (lau) (Entered: 04/03/1995)

April 3, 1995
219

(Petition) Motion by William Langton for contempt of defendants , filed. (lau) (Entered: 04/03/1995)

April 3, 1995
222

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Clerk's Notes: re: modification; Parties to agree on modification to judgment. (lau) (Entered: 04/07/1995)

April 6, 1995

Proposed Judgment received for filing. (lau) (Entered: 04/25/1995)

April 24, 1995
223

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Judgment entered for William Langton, David LeBlanc against William Hogan Jr., Ronald Amaral, George Vose, Arthur Silva, McMannus. Entered cc/cl (lau) (Entered: 05/04/1995)

May 3, 1995
224

Letter by William Langton dated: 5/7/95 to: Ms. Dello Russo re: petition , filed. (lau) (Entered: 05/16/1995)

May 16, 1995
225

Letter by William Langton dated: 5/20/95 to: Ms. Dello Russo re: cases , filed. (lau) (Entered: 05/25/1995)

May 25, 1995
226

Notice of appeal by William Hogan Jr., Ronald Amaral, George Vose, Arthur Silva, McMannus filed. Appeal record due on 6/24/95 (fmr) (Entered: 05/31/1995)

May 25, 1995

Notice of Docketing Record on Appeal from USCA re: , received. USCA NUMBER: 95-1582 (fmr) (Entered: 06/06/1995)

June 1, 1995

Certified copy of docket and record on appeal forwarded to U.S. Court of Appeals re: [226-1] appeal . (fmr) (Entered: 06/06/1995)

June 5, 1995

USCA appeal fees received Fee Status: pd Fee Amount: $ 105.00 Receipt #: 269066 (fmr) (Entered: 06/19/1995)

June 13, 1995
227

Motion by William Langton for appointment of counsel , FILED.(c/s) (cmg) (Entered: 06/26/1995)

June 26, 1995
228

Motion by William Langton For Contempt , FILED.(c/s) (cmg) (Entered: 06/26/1995)

June 26, 1995
229

Notice of appearance of attorney for William Langton by , Dennis J. Bannon, FILED.(c/s) (cmg) (Entered: 06/30/1995)

June 27, 1995
230

Motion by William Langton for Hearing , FILED.(c/s) (cmg) (Entered: 06/30/1995)

June 27, 1995
231

Motion by William Langton for temporary restraining order , and for preliminary injunction , FILED.(c/s) (cmg) (Entered: 06/30/1995)

June 27, 1995
232

Affidavit of William Langton , re: [231-1] motion for temporary restraining order, [231-2] motion for preliminary injunction , FILED.(c/s) (cmg) (Entered: 06/30/1995)

June 27, 1995
233

Notice of withdrawal of counsel by attorney Barbara S. Hamelburg for David LeBlanc, attorney Barbara S. Hamelburg for William Langton filed. (lau) (Entered: 07/17/1995)

July 17, 1995
234

Letter by William Langton dated: 8/15/95 to: Clerk re: appointment of counsel , filed. (lau) (Entered: 08/18/1995)

Aug. 17, 1995
236

Memorandum by William Langton in support of [235-1] motion for temporary restraining order, [235-2] motion for preliminary injunction , filed. (lau) (Entered: 09/14/1995)

Sept. 13, 1995
237

Affidavit of William Langton , re: [235-1] motion for temporary restraining order, [235-2] motion for preliminary injunction , filed. (lau) (Entered: 09/14/1995)

Sept. 13, 1995
238

Motion by William Langton for Hearing , filed. (lau) (Entered: 09/14/1995)

Sept. 13, 1995
239

Certificate of Consultation re: [235-1] motion for temporary restraining order, [235-2] motion for preliminary injunction , filed. (lau) (Entered: 09/14/1995)

Sept. 14, 1995

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Endorsed Order entered granting [238-1] motion for Hearing, Motion hearing set for 10:00 9/22/95 for [235-1] motion for temporary restraining order, set for 10:00 9/22/95 for [235-2] motion for preliminary injunction . Entered cc/cl (lau) (Entered: 09/14/1995)

Sept. 14, 1995
240

Letter by William Langton dated: 9/12/95 to: Clerk re: status , filed. (sent copy of docket sheet 9/18/95) (lau) (Entered: 09/18/1995)

Sept. 18, 1995

Motion hearing re: [235-2] motion for preliminary injunction Motion hearing held, [231-2] motion for preliminary injunction (lau) (Entered: 09/26/1995)

Sept. 22, 1995
241

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Clerk's Notes: re: motion hearing [235-2] motion for preliminary injunction taken under advisement, [231-2] motion for preliminary injunction taken under advisement Court Reporter: Ruggieri (lau) (Entered: 09/26/1995)

Sept. 22, 1995
242

Affidavit of William Langton , filed. (lau) (Entered: 09/26/1995)

Sept. 22, 1995

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Endorsed Order entered denying [230-1] motion for Hearing. The hearing having been held, the motion is denied as moot. Entered cc/cl (lau) (Entered: 10/11/1995)

Oct. 10, 1995

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Endorsed Order entered denying [231-1] motion for temporary restraining order, denying [231-2] motion for preliminary injunction. Entered cc/cl (lau) (Entered: 10/11/1995)

Oct. 10, 1995

Transmitted supplemental record on appeal: re: . (fmr) (Entered: 11/09/1995)

Nov. 8, 1995
243

Supplemental Affidavit of William Langton, filed. (lau) (Entered: 11/14/1995)

Nov. 13, 1995
244

Motion by William Langton for contempt of defendants , filed. (lau) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 16, 1995
245

Affidavit of William Langton , re: [244-1] motion for contempt of defendants , filed. (lau) (Entered: 11/16/1995)

Nov. 16, 1995
246

Supplemental Affidavit of William Langton , re: [235-1] motion for temporary restraining order, [235-2] motion for preliminary injunction , filed. (lau) (Entered: 12/15/1995)

Dec. 14, 1995
247

Mandate of US Court of Appeals re: affirming . (fmr) (Entered: 12/27/1995)

Dec. 27, 1995

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Endorsed Order entered denying [244-1] motion for contempt of defendants. Entered cc/cl (lau) (Entered: 02/07/1996)

Feb. 6, 1996

Mail sent to David LaBlanc returned by Post Office because: Return to Sender. (lau) (Entered: 02/21/1996)

Feb. 15, 1996
248

Motion in letter form by: Dennis J. Bannon dated: 2/23/96 on behalf of William Langton for a status conference , filed. (lau) (Entered: 02/26/1996)

Feb. 26, 1996

Record on appeal returned from U.S. Court of Appeals, re: . (fmr) (Entered: 03/04/1996)

March 4, 1996

Terminated document mooting [227-1] motion for appointment of counsel, mooting [218-1] motion for appointment of counsel, mooting [209-1] motion for file supplemental petition for contempt Requested by ctd. (fmr) (Entered: 03/28/1996)

March 28, 1996
249

Letter by Dennis J. Bannon dated: 6/26/96 to: Ms. Dello Russo re: transfer of case filed. (lau) (Entered: 06/27/1996)

June 27, 1996
250

Motion by William Langton to transfer case to another session of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts , filed. (lau) (Entered: 07/09/1996)

June 27, 1996
251

Response by William Hogan Jr., Ronald Amaral, George Vose, Arthur Silva, McMannus in opposition to [250-1] motion to transfer case to another session of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts , filed. (lau) (Entered: 07/09/1996)

July 5, 1996

Judge Rya W. Zobel . Endorsed Order entered granting [250-1] motion to transfer case to another session of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Entered cc/cl (lau) (Entered: 07/09/1996)

July 5, 1996
252

Notice of case assignment. Case reassigned from Judge Zobel to Judge Mark L. Wolf . (lau) (Entered: 07/09/1996)

July 9, 1996
253

Letter by Dennis J. Bannon dated: 7/10/96 to: Ms. Lovett re: status conference filed. c/s. (cjn) (Entered: 07/16/1996)

July 11, 1996
254

Letter by Dennis J. Bannon dated: 12/23/96 to: Ms. Lovett re: request hearing filed. (cjn) (Entered: 01/08/1997)

Dec. 26, 1996
255

Judge Mark L. Wolf . Memorandum and Order entered. granting [248-1] motion for a status conference, denying [235-1] motion for temporary restraining order, denying [228-1] motion For Contempt , The parties shall by April 7,1997 inform the court of their respective views concerning the status of this case and any events which may need to be scheduled. cc/cl (sad) (Entered: 03/28/1997)

March 26, 1997

Terminated document: terminating [235-2] motion for preliminary injunction Requested by mlw. (sad) (Entered: 03/31/1997)

March 31, 1997

Terminated document: [219-1] motion for contempt of defendants Requested by mlw. (ktb) (Entered: 04/02/1997)

March 31, 1997
256

Letter by William Langton in 1:79-cv-02167 by Dennis J. Bannon in 1:79-cv-02167 reporting to the court on motions still pending dated: 4/7/97 to: Judge Wolf filed. (ktb) (Entered: 04/11/1997)

April 9, 1997
260

Letter by Philip W. Silva IV in 1:79-cv-02167 dated: 4/9/97 to: Judge Wolf re defts intention to move for termination of the proceedings, FILED. (ktb) (Entered: 05/20/1997)

April 9, 1997
257

Judge Mark L. Wolf. Order entered. For the reasons stated at the conference on 4/14/97, it is hereby ORDERED that: If pltf wishes to renew his motion to obtain his memory typewriter, he shall file such a motion, accompanied by a memorandum of law and supporting affifavit, by 5/9/97. Among other things, pltf shall address the basis for this court's jurisdiction over such a motion and expain why this court should not deem the motion to have already been decided by Judge Zobel. If pltf decides not to pursue this motion, he shall, by 5/9/97, file a letter to that effect. Deft sahll file a response to pltf's renewed motion by 5/27/97. cc/cl. (ktb) (Entered: 04/16/1997)

April 14, 1997

Status conference held . (fmr) (Entered: 04/16/1997)

April 14, 1997
258

Judge Mark L. Wolf . Clerk's Notes: re: Conference: Wm Langton on telephone. new motions to be filed P's 5-9-97 D's 5-27-97. P and counsel should confer and decide if pursuaning typewriter 5-9 re: disolving injunction to be held in abeyance. Court Reporter: Coppola (fmr) (Entered: 04/16/1997)

April 14, 1997
259

Letter by Dennis J. Bannon in 1:79-cv-02167 dated: 5/8/97 to: Zita Lovett stating that deft will not be pursuing the issues described in the third petition for contempt and the second motipon for temporary restraining order, FILED. (ktb) (Entered: 05/12/1997)

May 9, 1997

State / Territory: Massachusetts

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 30, 1979

Closing Date: 1997

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Inmates at the Southeastern Correctional Center arguing about access to the telephone in the maximum security area

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Unknown

Class Action Outcome: Unknown

Defendants

State of Massachusetts, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

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: 1984 - 1997

Content of Injunction:

Preliminary relief denied

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Phone

Type of Facility:

Government-run