Case: Valentine v. Beyer

3:85-cv-04401 | U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Filed Date: Sept. 9, 1985

Closed Date: 1994

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Case Summary

On Sept. 9, 1985, inmates at the Trenton State Prison in New Jersey filed this lawsuit, pro se, under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the New Jersey Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging that the prison's legal assistance program was inadequate and denied them access to the courts. The district court (Judge Robert E. Cowen) granted injunctive relief to the plaintiffs, and the defendants app…

On Sept. 9, 1985, inmates at the Trenton State Prison in New Jersey filed this lawsuit, pro se, under 42 U.S.C. §1983 against the New Jersey Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. The plaintiffs asked the court for injunctive relief, alleging that the prison's legal assistance program was inadequate and denied them access to the courts.

The district court (Judge Robert E. Cowen) granted injunctive relief to the plaintiffs, and the defendants appealed. On June 20, 1988, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (Judge Carol Los Mansmann) affirmed the district court's decision. Valentine v. Beyer, 850 F.2d 951 (3rd Cir. 1988). On October 4, 2006, the Executive Director of the Inmate Legal Association moved, on behalf of the certified class, to enforce and modify judgments and settlement agreement and to hold defendants in contempt of court, and requested money damages. On April 8, 2008, the court ruled that the action to enforce the settlement agreement was a separate contract dispute, and the proper forum to enforce it was in New Jersey state court, absent an independent basis for federal jurisdiction. The court also stated that likely the proper vehicle to enforce the settlement agreement would be to file a separate action, as opposed to a motion in this closed case.

On October 20, 2009 the Inmate Legal Association did file in state court; the resulting opinion is posted here, and also at Justia.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (2/16/2007)

Abigail DeHart (3/17/2017)

People

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Judge(s)

Cooper, Mary Little (New Jersey)

Mansmann, Carol Los (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Campbell, Sarah Brie (New Jersey)

Kahn, Michael E. (New Jersey)

Long, Janine L. (New Jersey)

Judge(s)

Cooper, Mary Little (New Jersey)

Mansmann, Carol Los (Pennsylvania)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Campbell, Sarah Brie (New Jersey)

Kahn, Michael E. (New Jersey)

Long, Janine L. (New Jersey)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document
235

3:85-cv-04401

Docket

Valentine v. Howard

Jan. 20, 1998

Jan. 20, 1998

Docket

3:85-cv-04401

Docket

April 8, 2008

April 8, 2008

Docket

87-05606

Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

850 F.2d 951

June 20, 1988

June 20, 1988

Order/Opinion
236

3:85-cv-04401

Notice of Motion to Enforce and Modify Judgments and Settlement Agreement, and Hold Defendants in Contempt of Court

Sept. 27, 2006

Sept. 27, 2006

Pleading / Motion / Brief
236-2

3:85-cv-04401

Judgment and Settlement Agreement

Oct. 4, 2006

Oct. 4, 2006

Settlement Agreement
247

3:85-cv-04401

Memorandum Opinion

April 8, 2008

April 8, 2008

Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/5740260/emmitt-valentine-v-howard-l-beyer/

Last updated Aug. 16, 2022, 3:11 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link

Case closed (sr) (Entered: 10/06/1994)

Oct. 6, 1994

Oct. 6, 1994

235

COPY OF PAPER DOCKET. (CLERK'S NOTE: Entry made for Clerical purposes.) (ms) (Modified on 1/3/2007: to change number of document per Paper Docket, even though paper docket is incorrect as it has duplicated document numbers.) (ms). (Entered: 01/03/2007)

Oct. 3, 2006

Oct. 3, 2006

236

MOTION to Enforce & modify judgments and settlement agreement and to hold defts in contempt of court by WILBERT D. BAKER. (Attachments: # 1 letter in lieu of brief, # 2 Certification of Wilbert D. Baker, # 3 appendix in support of motion, # 4 cont. appendix# 5 OTSC)(sr) (Modified on 1/3/2007: to change number of document - see Doucment 235 . (ms) (Entered: 10/10/2006)

Oct. 4, 2006

Oct. 4, 2006

Set Deadline as to 236 MOTION to Enforce Judgment MOTION to hold defts in contempt of court MOTION to Enforce Judgment MOTION to hold defts in contempt of court. Motion Hearing set for 11/13/2006 before Judge John C. Lifland. (please be advised that this motion will be decided on the papers unless otherwise notified by the court) (sr) (Modified on 1/3/2007: to reflect the changing of the number for document 236 , previously docketed by Newark Clerk's Office as document #1 - also see Clerk's Note at Doucment 235 . (ms) (Entered: 10/10/2006)

Oct. 10, 2006

Oct. 10, 2006

237

ORDER reallocating case from NEWARK to TRENTON. Signed by Judge Garrett E. Brown, Jr. on 12/15/06. (ms) Modified on 12/18/2006 to show Order was signed on 12/15/06. (ms). (Modified on 1/3/2007: to change number of document - see Doucment 235 . (ms) (Entered: 12/18/2006)

Dec. 18, 2006

Dec. 18, 2006

Reset Deadlines as to 236 MOTION to Enforce Judgment, and MOTION to hold defts in contempt of court, Motion Hearing set for 1/16/2007 10:00 AM before Judge Mary L. Cooper. (PLEASE NOTE THAT PURSUANT TO FED. R. CIV. P. 78 AND LOCAL RULE 7.1(B)(4), NO ORAL ARGUMENT WILL BE HELD IN THIS MATTER AND PARTIES SHOULD NOT APPEAR UNLESS SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED TO DO SO BY THE COURT.) (ms) (Entered: 01/03/2007)

Jan. 3, 2007

Jan. 3, 2007

238

ORDER denying as moot 236 MOTION to Enforce Judgment & to hold defts in contempt of court & ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE why the relief requested by pltfs. in support of their motion to enforce the settlement agreement should not be granted by the court; Ret'ble 9/10/2007. Defendants Response due by 8/3/2007. Pltf's response due 8/30/07 & Defedants' reply due 9/7/07. Signed by Judge Mary L. Cooper on 7/5/07. (ck ) (Entered: 07/06/2007)

July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

239

Clerk's Letter with Certified Mail Receipt to NJ Attorney General & Warden re 238 Order, Order to Show Cause,,. (ck) (Entered: 07/06/2007)

July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

240

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SERVICE Executed 238 OTSC (ij, ) (Entered: 07/13/2007)

July 13, 2007

July 13, 2007

241

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SERVICE of OTSC served on WARDEN (ss, ) (Entered: 07/23/2007)

July 23, 2007

July 23, 2007

242

BRIEF in Response to Order to Show Cause filed by HOWARD BEYER. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration of Christopher Holmes# 2 Declaration of Thomas Dechan# 3 Certificate of Service)(CAMPBELL, SARAH) (Entered: 08/03/2007)

Aug. 3, 2007

Aug. 3, 2007

243

Substitution of Attorney - Attorney SARAH BRIE CAMPBELL and SARAH BRIE CAMPBELL for HOWARD BEYER added. Attorney JANINE L. LONG terminated.. (Attachments: # 1Certificate of Service)(CAMPBELL, SARAH) (Entered: 08/04/2007)

Aug. 4, 2007

Aug. 4, 2007

244

Clerk's Letter sending copy of {238] ORDER as sent to Movant, WILBERT D. BAKER, requesting Deputy Attorney General Sarah Brie Campbell to forward same to him. (ms) (Entered: 08/20/2007)

Aug. 20, 2007

Aug. 20, 2007

245

Clerk's Letter returning Motion on behalf of the Inmate Legal Association, Inc. to BOBBY BROWN as a corporation must be represented by an attorney. (ms) (Entered: 08/24/2007)

Aug. 24, 2007

Aug. 24, 2007

246

REPLY BY Ra'Zulu S. Ukawabutu, Director of Inmate Legal Association, Inc., to 238 OTSC. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service, # 2 reply brief, # 3 Appendix)(eh, ) (Entered: 04/07/2008)

April 7, 2008

April 7, 2008

248

ORDER declining to grant the relief originally sought in 236 MOTION to Enforce Judgment MOTION to hold defts in contempt of court filed by WILBERT D. BAKER, and vacating 238 , Order to Show Cause,. Signed by Judge Mary L. Cooper on 4/8/2008. (tp ) (Entered: 04/08/2008)

April 8, 2008

April 8, 2008

247

MEMORANDUM OPINION FILED. Signed by Judge Mary L. Cooper on 4/8/2008. (tp )

April 8, 2008

April 8, 2008

RECAP

Case Details

State / Territory: New Jersey

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 9, 1985

Closing Date: 1994

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Inmates challenging adequacy of prison's legal assistance program

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: Yes

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Trenton State Prison, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Due Process: Procedural Due Process

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Litigation

Order Duration: 1988 - None

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Type of Facility:

Government-run