Case: MacFarlane v. Walters

2:96-cv-03102 | U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Filed Date: June 12, 1996

Closed Date: 1998

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Case Summary

On June 12, 1996, Donald D McFarlane, a Washington state inmate, filed a pro se §1983 Complaint against the Washington Department of Corrections [DOC] in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, challenging restrictions on prison regulations regarding inmate mail.

The case was referred to Magistrate Judge Lonny R. Suko. Defendants moved for summary judgment.

On October 20, 1997, the District Court (Judge Robert H. Whaley) adopted the Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Suko and granted in part and denied in part defendants' motion for summary judgment. In its order, the Court permanently enjoined the defendants from prohibiting delivery of inmate's paid-for subscriptions. Plaintiff was awarded damages and costs to be set by the Court. Defendants appealed.

For reasons that are not apparent from the docket, defendants' appeal was dismissed by the Ninth Circuit on December 30, 1998.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (2/20/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Suko, Lonny R. (Washington)

Whaley, Robert H. (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Evans, Colleen B. (Washington)

Mentzer, Eric (Washington)

Judge(s)

Suko, Lonny R. (Washington)

Whaley, Robert H. (Washington)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Evans, Colleen B. (Washington)

Mentzer, Eric (Washington)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Dec. 30, 1998 Docket
43

Report and Recommendation

Macfarlane v. Walter

Sept. 22, 1997 Magistrate Report/Recommendation
44

Order Adopting Report and Recommendation

Macfarlane v. Walter

Oct. 20, 1997 Order/Opinion

Docket

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

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Washington

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 12, 1996

Closing Date: 1998

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

a Washington state inmate

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: Yes

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Washington Department of Corrections, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 1997 - 0

Issues

General:

Library (non-law) access

Loss or damage to property

Mail

Type of Facility:

Government-run