Case: Groseclose v. Dutton

3:84-cv-00579 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Filed Date: June 6, 1984

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Case Summary

On June 6, 1984, a petition for writ of habeas corpus was filed by third parties on behalf of Ronald Harries who was confined to Unit IV of the Tennessee State Penitentiary. William Groseclose and others brought the case on Harries' behalf after he refused to appeal his death sentence due to the adverse conditions of his confinement. An order staying Harries' execution was granted. Groseclose v. Dutton, 589 F.Supp. 362 (M.D. Tenn. 1984). A subsequent order denied defendants motion to dismis…

On June 6, 1984, a petition for writ of habeas corpus was filed by third parties on behalf of Ronald Harries who was confined to Unit IV of the Tennessee State Penitentiary. William Groseclose and others brought the case on Harries' behalf after he refused to appeal his death sentence due to the adverse conditions of his confinement. An order staying Harries' execution was granted. Groseclose v. Dutton, 589 F.Supp. 362 (M.D. Tenn. 1984). A subsequent order denied defendants motion to dismiss and continued the stay. Groseclose v. Dutton, 594 F.Supp. 949 (M.D. Tenn. 1984).

Plaintiffs also alleged civil rights violations regarding the conditions of Unit IV. Plaintiffs were represented by private council. On November 13, 1984, a class was certified composed of those persons on death row and future inmates who would be confined in Unit IV under sentence of death. The class also included the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee. The court bifurcated the habeas corpus claim and the civil rights claim concerning the prison conditions. After an evidentiary hearing, the district court (Judge John T. Nixon) declared the prison conditions on Unit IV (death row) to be unconstitutional and ordered the defendant to submit a good faith remedial plan to correct the conditions. Groseclose v. Dutton, 609 F.Supp. 1432 (M.D. Tenn. 1985). Among the court's concerns with the prison were the small size of the cells, insect infestation, absence of fire drills, insufficient human interaction, and the lack of opportunity for religious services.

An appeal by the defendant was dismissed on April 14, 1986 by the Court of Appeals because the district court's order was not an appealable final judgment. Groseclose v. Dutton, 788 F.2d 356 (6th Cir. 1986). The case was re-heard by the Court of Appeals en banc on November 3, 1987 after a master plan was accepted by the district court and a special master was appointed to monitor its implementation. The court (Judge David A. Nelson) vacated the judgment of the district court. Groseclose v. Dutton, 829 F.2d 581 (6th Cir. 1987). The court concluded that the case should have been consolidated with a pending class action lawsuit involving the constitutionality of conditions throughout the Tennessee prison system. (Grubbs v. Bradley, 552 F.Supp.1052 (M.D. Tenn. 1982)). (PC-TN-007) Second, it concluded that the district court had applied an incorrect legal standard in determining whether prison conditions violated the Eight Amendment. On May 11, 1988, the case was remanded to the district court for further proceedings after a settlement was reached by the parties. Groseclose v. Dutton, 848 F.2d 190 (6th Cir. 1988). The order approving the settlement provides no details or specifics of the settlement.

Subsequent litigation concerning Harries' mental capacity and psychiatric treatment continued for several years. On October 22, 1999, Groseclose was deleted as a party to the action and his name was deleted from all future pleadings. On August 23, 2002, Judge John T. Nixon vacated Harries' death sentence and remanded the case to the State of Tennessee for further proceedings.

Summary Authors

Angela Heverling (2/6/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Guy, Ralph B. Jr. (Michigan)

Kennedy, Cornelia Groefsema (Michigan)

Krupansky, Robert B. (Ohio)

Merritt, Gilbert Stroud Jr. (Tennessee)

Nelson, David Aldrich (Ohio)

Nixon, John Trice (Tennessee)

Peck, John Weld II (Ohio)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Alliman, Peter (Tennessee)

Hardin, Hal D. (Tennessee)

Heil, Peter D. (Tennessee)

Judge(s)

Guy, Ralph B. Jr. (Michigan)

Kennedy, Cornelia Groefsema (Michigan)

Krupansky, Robert B. (Ohio)

Merritt, Gilbert Stroud Jr. (Tennessee)

Nelson, David Aldrich (Ohio)

Nixon, John Trice (Tennessee)

Peck, John Weld II (Ohio)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Alliman, Peter (Tennessee)

Hardin, Hal D. (Tennessee)

Heil, Peter D. (Tennessee)

MacLean, Bradley Alan (Tennessee)

Marett, William J. Jr. (Tennessee)

Minton, Christopher M. (Tennessee)

Passino, Michael James (Tennessee)

Redick, William P. Jr. (Tennessee)

Venick, Irwin Bruce (Tennessee)

Woods, Larry D. (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Cody, W.J. Michael (Tennessee)

Grunow, Robert (Tennessee)

Hoyal, J. Andrew II (Tennessee)

Leech, William M. Jr. (Tennessee)

Lustre, Alice B. (Tennessee)

McGee, Richard (Tennessee)

Mitchell, Robin J. (Tennessee)

Southworth, John F. Jr. (Tennessee)

Uhl, Wayne Elliott (Tennessee)

Other Attorney(s)

Berger, Joel (New York)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Harries v. Bell

Oct. 21, 2005 Docket

Memorandum and Order

589 F.Supp. 362

June 8, 1984 Order/Opinion

Memorandum and Order

594 F.Supp. 949

Aug. 17, 1984 Order/Opinion

Memorandum

609 F.Supp. 1432

May 24, 1985 Order/Opinion

Reported Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

788 F.2d 356

April 14, 1986 Order/Opinion

Reported Opinion

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

829 F.2d 581

Nov. 3, 1987 Order/Opinion

Order, Unpublished Disposition

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

848 F.2d 190, 1988 WL 45991

May 11, 1988 Order/Opinion

Resources

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Docket

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
1

PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS (dm) (Entered: 10/12/1995)

June 6, 1984
399

MOTION by defendant Michael Dutton for order to ascertain status & for a status conf. (db) (Entered: 12/08/1992)

Dec. 4, 1992
400

ATTORNEY APPEARANCE for defendant Dutgton by Glenn Richard Pruden, AAG (db) (Entered: 12/08/1992)

Dec. 4, 1992
401

MOTION by defendant Michael Dutton for ruling on his mtn to ascertain status filed 12/4/92 (db) (Entered: 01/12/1993)

Jan. 11, 1993
402

RESPONSE by plaintiff William E. Groseclose to motion for ruling on his mtn to ascertain status filed 12/4/92 [401-1] (db) (Entered: 01/21/1993)

Jan. 15, 1993
403

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon granting motion for order to ascertain status & for a status conf. [399-1] Status conference: set at 10:00 2/19/93 (cc: all counsel) (EOD 1/29/93) (db) (Entered: 01/29/1993)

Jan. 28, 1993
404

CLERK'S RESUME of 2/19/93 before Judge Nixon ; Status conf held at 10:00 2/19/93, mtn to substitute Michael Passino & Peter Alliman as attys fo records, GRANTED; Mtn to inspect the record, GRANTED; Mtn for an ext of 60 days to amend the petition , GRANTED; The state of Tn allowed 30 days to file a response to the amended petitioner; An agreed order will enter C/R : C. Garcia (db) (Entered: 02/22/1993)

Feb. 19, 1993
405

MOTION by plaintiff for leave to check out record (db) (Entered: 02/22/1993)

Feb. 19, 1993
406

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon granting motion for leave to check out record [405-1], the petitioner's counsel is permitted to review this Court's record; petitioner's counsel may check out those portions of the record he designates & petitioner having been authorized to proceed ifp, the Clerk is directed to supply petitioner's counsel with a copy of the docket sheet in this action at no charge (cc: all counsel)(EOD 2/22/93) (db) (Entered: 02/22/1993)

Feb. 22, 1993
407

ORDER Substituting Counsel by Judge John T. Nixon that Wm P. Redick, Jr., Richard McGee & Lionel Barrett are permitted to withdraw from this procceding as counsel of record for petitioner & Peter Alliman & Michael J. Passino are appointed to represent petitioner in the proccedings (cc: all counsel)(EOD 2/22/93) (db) (Entered: 02/22/1993)

Feb. 22, 1993
408

TRANSCRIPT filed of Status Conference on 2/19/93. (kys) (Entered: 03/01/1993)

Feb. 26, 1993

PROPOSED Order addressing status of case (db) (Entered: 03/09/1993)

March 3, 1993
409

MOTION by defendant Michael Dutton for order for mental evaluation & supporting memorandum (db) (Entered: 03/15/1993)

March 11, 1993
411

RESPONSE by Guardian Ad Litem & petitioners Grouseclose & Harries to motion for order for mental evaluation & supporting memorandum [409-1] (db) (Entered: 03/30/1993)

March 26, 1993
412

REPLY by defendant Michael Dutton to response to motion for order for mental evaluation & supporting memorandum [409-1] (db) (Entered: 04/02/1993)

April 2, 1993
413

MOTION by plaintiff Ronald Harries to modify schedo (w/atth doc submitted under seal) (db) Modified on 05/07/1993 (Entered: 04/24/1993)

April 22, 1993
417

RESPONSE by defendant to motion to modify schedo [413-1] (db) Modified on 05/07/1993 (Entered: 05/07/1993)

May 3, 1993
418

REPLY by plaintiff to response to motion to modify schedo [413-1] (db) (Entered: 05/07/1993)

May 5, 1993

REMARKS copy of doc #416 sent to Attys Passino & Alliman only (db) (Entered: 05/07/1993)

May 7, 1993
420

MOTION by plaintiff to modify confidential docs submitted under seal (db) (Entered: 05/21/1993)

May 21, 1993
421

CLERK'S RESUME of 5/21/93, Status conf, granting motion for order for reevaluation of Harris [409-1] (db) (Entered: 05/24/1993)

May 21, 1993

PROPOSED Order re: reflecting ruling made on 5/21/93 at status conf (db) (Entered: 05/27/1993)

May 27, 1993
422

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon granting motion for order for mental evaluation & supporting memorandum [409-1],Ordered that all parties are to refrain from taking any action that would require expenditure of additional federal monies for goos or services rendered until further order of this Court, Petitioner is granted a period of 30 days following entry of this Court's order ruling on the competency of Mr. Harries in which to file an amded or supplemental petition, or other pleading in this cause (cc: all counsel)(EOD 6/2/93) (db) (Entered: 06/02/1993)

May 28, 1993
423

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon granting motion to modify schedo [413-1], allowing the petitioner 30 days after this Court has declared him competent, to file an amd or suppl petition or other pleadins in this cause (cc: all counsel)(EOD 6/15/93) (db) (Entered: 06/15/1993)

June 7, 1993

MAIL Returned [422-1] addressed to Special Master Patrick McManus at P.O. Box 2567, NT noted by USPO ret to sender/not at this address (db) (Entered: 06/22/1993)

June 14, 1993

REMARKS Atty main form sent to Ag2 re: doc entry of 6/14/93 retmail (db) (Entered: 06/28/1993)

June 28, 1993
425

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon Status conference: set at 1:30 9/20/93 (cc: all counsel)(EOD 8/24/93) (db) (Entered: 08/24/1993)

Aug. 19, 1993
426

MOTION by defendant State of Tn for leave to withdraw record (w/atth afdt) (db) Modified on 09/23/1993 (Entered: 09/09/1993)

Sept. 7, 1993
428

MEMORANDUM by defendant in support of motion for leave to serve request for production of documents & subpoena duces tecum [427-1] (db) (Entered: 09/22/1993)

Sept. 20, 1993
429

NOTICE of Mental Competency Evaluation & MOTION (REQUEST) by defendant Michael Dutton for order to submit thereto (db) (Entered: 09/22/1993)

Sept. 20, 1993
430

MEMORANDUM by defendant in support of motion for order for mental competency evlaution [429-1] (db) (Entered: 09/22/1993)

Sept. 20, 1993

PROPOSED Order re: doc #429 (db) (Entered: 09/22/1993)

Sept. 20, 1993
431

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon granting the State's motion for leave to withdraw record [426-1] (cc: all counsel)(EOD 9/23/93) (db) (Entered: 09/23/1993)

Sept. 21, 1993

NOTICE of change of address from Michael J. Passino (db) (Entered: 09/23/1993)

Sept. 21, 1993

REMARKS atty main form sent to Ag2 re: address chg for M. Passino (note: cc of #431 st to Atty Passino at Passino & Minton 213 5th Ave., N. NT 37219-1901) (db) (Entered: 09/23/1993)

Sept. 23, 1993
432

CLERK'S RESUME of Status Conf before Judge Nixon granting motion to administer mental conpetency evaluation [429-1], granting motion to hold case in obeyance [399-1] C/R : Becky Head (db) (Entered: 09/27/1993)

Sept. 24, 1993
433

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon, The Court, having reviewed the positions of the respective parties, has granted respondent's mtn for order for mental competency evaluation in a separate order issued by the Court. The Court ORDERS that all further matters be held in abeyance pending the outcome of petitioner's mental competency evaluation (cc: all counsel)(EOD 9/28/93) (db) (Entered: 09/28/1993)

Sept. 27, 1993

PROPOSED Agreed Order re: ext of X to respond to a 9/20/93 mtn (db) (Entered: 10/04/1993)

Sept. 28, 1993
434

RESPONSE by plaintiff to request for discovery [427-1] (db) (Entered: 10/06/1993)

Oct. 6, 1993
435

RESPONSE by plaintiff to respondent's tnc of mental competency evaluation & request for order to submit thereto [429-1] (db) (Entered: 10/06/1993)

Oct. 6, 1993
435

MOTION by plaintiff to reconsider 9/27/93 order & to clarify & define terms of mental status evaluation (this mtn is one & the same as #435) (db) (Entered: 10/06/1993)

Oct. 6, 1993
436

RESPONSE by Guardian Ad Litem (Harl Hardin) to motion for leave to serve request for production of documents & subpoena duces tecum [427-1] (db) (Entered: 10/13/1993)

Oct. 7, 1993
437

AGREED ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon, petitioner shall have til Wed 10/6/93, to file a response to respondent's "ntc of metal competency evaluation & request for order to submit thereto" (cc: all counsel) (EOD 10/13/93) (db) (Entered: 10/13/1993)

Oct. 12, 1993
438

REPLY by respondent Michael Dutton to petitioner's responses to respondent's notice of mental competency evaluation and request for order to submit thereto [429-1] and respondent's request for discovery and memorandum of law in support [427-1] with attachments. (ks) (Entered: 10/20/1993)

Oct. 19, 1993
439

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon setting hearing on motion to reconsider 9/27/93 order & to clarify & define terms of mental status evaluation [435-1] & setting hearing on motion for leave to serve request for production of documents & subpoena duces tecum [427-1] Oral Argument : set at 1:00 11/5/93 on the above mentioned mtns & their responses, The Court orders that this Court's 9/27/93 order granting respondent's mtn for order for mental competnecy evaluation be STAYED pending the outcome of oral argument (cc: all counsel)(EOD 10/22/93) (db) (Entered: 10/22/1993)

Oct. 22, 1993

REMARKS file returned by AAG Pruden (re: doc #431) (db) (Entered: 11/04/1993)

Nov. 1, 1993
440

CLERK'S RESUME before Judge Nixon ; Oral Argument on discovery & the evaluation of Harris held at 1:00 11/5/93, Order will enter on or before 11/15/93 C/R : John Tummel (db) (Entered: 11/09/1993)

Nov. 5, 1993
441

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon, this Court's 9/27/93 order granting respondent's mtn for order for mtenal competency evlauation is STAYED pending the outcome petitioner's state post conviction action challenging his sentence of death under State v Middlebrooks [433-1], denying motion for leave to serve request for production of documents & subpoena duces tecum [427-1] (EOD 11/22/93) (cc: all counsel) (db) (Entered: 11/22/1993)

Nov. 18, 1993
442

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon ; Status conference set for 1:00 8/12/94 (EOD 8/2/94) (cc: all counsel) (db) (Entered: 08/02/1994)

July 29, 1994
443

MOTION by plaintiff Ronald Harries, plaintiff William E. Groseclose to continue the status conf of 8/12/94 (db) (Entered: 08/06/1994)

Aug. 3, 1994
444

AFFIDAVIT of Larry D. Woods re [443-1] (db) (Entered: 08/06/1994)

Aug. 3, 1994
445

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon granting motion to continue the status conf of 8/12/94 [443-1] ; Status conference reset for 10:30 8/26/94 (EOD 8/11/94) (cc: all counsel) (db) Modified on 08/11/1994 (Entered: 08/11/1994)

Aug. 10, 1994
446

CLERK'S RESUME before Judge Nixon ; Status conference held 8/26/94, Larry Woods for pltf & G. Pruden for deft; Harries to remain stayed pending a mtn in state court to revisit Middlebrooks C/R : C. Barr (db) (Entered: 08/30/1994)

Aug. 26, 1994
447

ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPT filed of the evidence, Status Conf held 8/26/94 before Judge Nixon; C. Barr, reporter: (also re: #3:89-0662; 3:92-0180; 3:88-0567; 3:86-0293 & 3:86-0286) (db) (Entered: 09/20/1994)

Sept. 15, 1994
448

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon Status conference set for 10:00 4/24/95 (EOD 4/11/95) (cc: all counsel) (db) (Entered: 04/11/1995)

April 11, 1995
450

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon: Status conference set for 11:00 on 11/21/95 (cc: all counsel) EOD 11/21/95 (dm) (Entered: 11/21/1995)

Nov. 21, 1995
451

CLERK'S RESUME: Status conference held 11/21/95 C/R: Charlotte Barr. Petitioner's attorney writing for decision from State Court regarding issues raised in the Middlebrooks' Opinion. Petitioner's attorney to notify this Court of the decision as soon as he receives the notice. (dm) (Entered: 11/22/1995)

Nov. 21, 1995
452

TRANSCRIPT filed of the Evidence before Judge Nixon on 11/21/95 (dm) (Entered: 12/14/1995)

Dec. 14, 1995
453

MOTION by deft Michael Dutton to dismiss w/o prej (Attached proposed order) (dm) (Entered: 10/22/1997)

Oct. 21, 1997
454

MEMORANDUM of LAW by deft Michael Dutton in support of motion to dismiss [453-1] (Attachment) (dm) (Entered: 10/22/1997)

Oct. 21, 1997
455

RESPONSE by pltfs to deft's motion to dismiss [453-1]; w/attachments 1 - 5 (tlc) (Entered: 11/14/1997)

Nov. 14, 1997
456

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon setting hearing on motion to dismiss [453-1] for 10:00 on 12/10/97 (cc: all counsel) EOD 11/26/97 (dm) (Entered: 11/26/1997)

Nov. 25, 1997
457

CLERK'S RESUME: Hearing held on motion to dismiss [453-1] on 12/10/97. C/R: Charlotte Barr. Order to enter (dm) (Entered: 12/11/1997)

Dec. 10, 1997
458

TRANSCRIPT filed of proceedings before Judge Nixon on 12/10/97 (dm) (Entered: 01/09/1998)

Jan. 9, 1998
459

MEMORANDUM OPINION by Judge John T. Nixon denying motion to dismiss [453-1] as MOOT. Status conference set for 10:30 on 1/23/98 (cc: all counsel) EOD 1/15/98 (dm) (Entered: 01/15/1998)

Jan. 15, 1998
460

MOTION by defts to reset status conference (Attached proposed order) (dm) (Entered: 01/22/1998)

Jan. 22, 1998
461

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon granting motion to reset status conference [460-1]: Status conference reset for 10:00 on 1/28/98 (cc: all counsel) EOD 1/23/98 (dm) (Entered: 01/23/1998)

Jan. 23, 1998

PROPOSED Agreed Scheduling Order (dm) (Entered: 02/17/1998)

Feb. 17, 1998
462

TRANSCRIPT filed of Proceedings before Judge Nixon on 1/28/98 (dm) (Entered: 02/18/1998)

Feb. 17, 1998
463

AGREED SCHEDULING ORDER approved by Judge John T. Nixon: Status conference held 1/28/98. Telephone conference held 2/10/98. On or before 3/16/98, the respondent will supplement the record with additional portions of the state court record, on or before 8/1/98, the petitioner will file an amended petition, on or before 9/14/98, the respondent will file an answer; immediately after the respondent files an answer, the parties will meet and confere about the final portion of the schedule in this proceeding, including the dates for the resolution of procedural issues, and the date for an evidentiary hearing , if necessary (cc: all counsel) EOD 2/20/98 (dm) (Entered: 02/20/1998)

Feb. 20, 1998
464

NOTICE by pltf Ronald Harries' attorney, Hal T. Hardin, that as per the Court's previous order the ward has been declared incompetent and the Guardian at this time will rely upon that finding (dm) (Entered: 03/02/1998)

March 2, 1998
465

NOTICE by defts of Filing Addendum Nos. 3 thru 34 (Attachments) (dm) (Entered: 03/17/1998)

March 16, 1998
466

NOTICE by deft of filing Addendum Nos. 5 and 5A (Attachments) (dm) (Entered: 03/18/1998)

March 18, 1998
467

MOTION by respondent, Ricky Bell for order for petitioner to submit to mental status examination (dm) (Entered: 04/03/1998)

April 3, 1998
468

MEMORANDUM by deft Ricky Bell in support of motion for order for petitioner to submit to mental status examination [467-1] (w/attachment) (dm) (Entered: 04/03/1998)

April 3, 1998
469

RESPONSE by guardian ad litem to motion for order for petitioner to submit to mental status examination [467-1] (gi) (Entered: 04/28/1998)

April 27, 1998
470

RESPONSE by pltf Ronald Harries to motion for order for petitioner to submit to mental status examination [467-1] (dm) (Entered: 04/30/1998)

April 29, 1998
471

MEMORANDUM by pltf Ronald Harries in support of motion response [470-1] (dm) (Entered: 04/30/1998)

April 29, 1998
472

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon granting motion for order for petitioner to submit to mental status examination [467-1] (cc: all counsel) EOD 4/30/98 (dm) (Entered: 04/30/1998)

April 30, 1998
473

SUPPLEMENTAL NOTICE by defts re Mental Status Evaluation [467-1]. Dr. Martell will commence said mental status evaluation at 9:00 on 5/7/98 at RMSI (dm) (Entered: 05/07/1998)

May 6, 1998
474

MOTION by respondent for order to declare petitioner Ronald Harries mentally competent (dm) (Entered: 10/13/1998)

Oct. 9, 1998
475

MEMORANDUM of LAW by respondent in support of motion for order to declare petitioner Ronald Harries mentally competent [474-1] (w/attachments) (dm) (Entered: 10/13/1998)

Oct. 9, 1998
476

MOTION by pltf Ronald Harries' attorney, Hal D. Hardin, for order allowing him to withdraw as guardian ad litem and for grounds would show unto the Court that the guardian ad litem believes that it is in the best interest of all involved that new counsel be appointed in his stead (dm) (Entered: 11/16/1998)

Nov. 16, 1998
477

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon granting attorney Hal D. Hardin's motion for order allowing him to withdraw as guardian ad litem for pltf Ronald Harries [476-1] (cc: all counsel, Clerk Milam) EOD 11/25/98 (dm) (Entered: 11/25/1998)

Nov. 24, 1998
478

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon setting a competency hearing to assist the Court in ruling on motion for order to declare petitioner Ronald Harries mentally competent [474-1] for 10:00 on 4/5/99 (cc: all counsel, Henry Martin, Public Defender's Office) EOD 3/29/99 (dm) (Entered: 03/29/1999)

March 26, 1999
480

EX PARTE MOTION filed UNDER SEAL by pltf Ronald Harries (w/attached affidavit) (jb) Modified on 06/17/1999 (Entered: 05/14/1999)

May 14, 1999
481

AFFIDAVITof Chris F. Armstrong in support of motion for order [480-1] filed UNDER SEAL (w/attachments) (jb) (Entered: 05/14/1999)

May 14, 1999
482

TRANSCRIPT filed of proceedings on 4/5/99 before the Hon. Senior Judge John T. Nixon; CR: Charlotte H. Barr (jb) (Entered: 06/07/1999)

June 7, 1999
483

ORDER (UNDER SEAL) by Judge John T. Nixon granting [480-1] (cc: Bill Redick, Peter Alliman) (EOD 6/16/99) (tlc) Modified on 06/17/1999 (Entered: 06/16/1999)

June 15, 1999
484

EX PARTE MOTION filed UNDER SEAL by guardian ad litem Bradley A. MacLean (w/att/d proposed order & exhs A-B) (jb) Modified on 06/17/1999 (Entered: 06/16/1999)

June 15, 1999
485

ORDER (UNDER SEAL) by Judge John T. Nixon granting [484-1] (cc: Bradley A. MacLean, Guardian Ad Litem) (jb) Modified on 06/17/1999 (Entered: 06/16/1999)

June 15, 1999
486

SECOND EXPARTE SEALED MOTION by pltf Ronald Harries for order for authorization of funds for support investigative services (w/attached affidavits) (jb) (Entered: 07/12/1999)

July 9, 1999
487

AFFIDAVIT filed UNDER SEAL of William P. Redick, Jr. in support of second exparte sealed motion for authorization of funds for support investigative services [486-1] (jb) (Entered: 07/12/1999)

July 9, 1999
488

AFFIDAVIT filed UNDER SEAL of Chris F. Armstrong in support of second ex parte sealed motion for authorization of funds for support investigative services [486-1] (w/attachment) (jb) (Entered: 07/12/1999)

July 9, 1999
489

ORDER UNDER SEAL by Judge John T. Nixon granting motion for order for authorization of funds for support investigative services [486-1] (cc: counsel for pltf Ronald Harries) (EOD 7/15/99) (jb) (Entered: 07/15/1999)

July 15, 1999
490

MOTION by pltf Ronald Harries for a status conference (jb) (Entered: 09/14/1999)

Sept. 14, 1999
491

MOTION by Gruadian Ad Litem, Bradley A. MacLean to continue competency hearing & for status conference & to amend style of case (jb) (Entered: 09/15/1999)

Sept. 15, 1999

PROPOSED Order re motion to continue competency hearing and for status conference and to amend style of case (jb) (Entered: 09/15/1999)

Sept. 15, 1999
492

AFFIDAVIT of Bradley A. MacLean filed UNDER SEAL in support of motion to continue competency hearing [491-1] (w/attached exhs. A & B) (jb) Modified on 09/15/1999 (Entered: 09/15/1999)

Sept. 15, 1999
494

ORDER by Judge John T. Nixon granting motion to continue competency hearing [491-1]; granting motion for status conference [491-2]; Status Conference set for 9/21/99 at 2:00 p.m.; granting motion to amend style of case [491-3] to remove William Groseclose as party to this action; terminating party William E. Groseclose ; The following persons are removed from th list of those who must be included in any certificates of service relating to pleadings or other papers in this case: Michael J. Passino, Esq., Hal D. Hardin, Esq., & Richard McGee, Esq. (cc: all counsel) (EOD 9/20/99) (jb) Modified on 09/21/1999 (Entered: 09/20/1999)

Sept. 17, 1999

State / Territory: Tennessee

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 6, 1984

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Death sentenced inmates confined to Unit VI of Tennessee State Penitentiary in Nashville.

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: Yes

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Tennessee State Penitentiary (Nashville), State

Tennessee Department of Corrections, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Issues

General:

Access to lawyers or judicial system

Classification / placement

Counseling

Fire safety

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Recreation / Exercise

Sanitation / living conditions

Totality of conditions

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Affected Gender:

Male

Type of Facility:

Government-run