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Riggleman v. Clarke

In this putative class action for Eighth Amendment violations, certification is inappropriate. The plaintiff, a Virginia inmate, is not an adequate class representative because his counsel is not adequate to handle this case as a class action. Counsel initially failed… Read More ›

Wubneh v. Hutchinson

Genuine issues of material fact remain as to whether a former Virginia Department of Corrections employee violated the Eighth Amendment rights of the plaintiff, an inmate. The defendant’s affidavit claims that he didn’t assault or use excessive force against the… Read More ›

Scott v. Clarke (P)

This is a six-year-old Eighth Amendment class action concerning the long-term failure to provide adequate medical care to inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. After years of litigation, the parties reached a detailed settlement agreement, approved by the… Read More ›

Lawlor v. Zook (P)

A Virginia state court sentenced the petitioner to death after his capital murder conviction. The district court dismissed his petition for review of his death sentence under 28 U.S.C. § 2254. This was error. The state court excluded specialized and… Read More ›

Latson v. Clarke (P)

The court granted summary judgment as to various claims by plaintiff and former inmate Reginald Latson, who alleges he was denied medical treatment and subjected to abuse prior to being conditionally pardoned by the Governor of Virginia. Latson’s claims under… Read More ›

Haleem v. Quinones

An inmate’s Eighth Amendment deliberate-indifference claim against a prison doctor will be severed from his Fourth Amendment excessive-force claims against two prison guards. Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 20, the doctor was misjoined as a defendant, as there was… Read More ›

Richardson v. Welch

The Virginia Department of Corrections is entitled to summary judgment as to a plaintiff’s claim that, while incarcerated, he has been wrongfully denied proper observance of the Nation of Islam Month of Fasting in December, according to his beliefs. When… Read More ›