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Lewis v. Andes
District Court properly denied habeas petition, where California Supreme Court had applied the proper standards for assessing whether defendant's juvenile confession was voluntary.
Prisoners Rights 9th Mar. 13, 2024
Creech v. Richardson
Death row inmate's third habeas petition was properly dismissed as violating rule against successive petition given because his claim had been ripe and could have made in his prior petition.
Prisoners Rights 9th Feb. 27, 2024
Sherman v. Gittere
Nevada Supreme Court's denial of defendant's right-to-present-a-complete-defense claim was not erroneous under AEDPA's deferential standard of review.
Prisoners Rights 9th Feb. 12, 2024
Long v. Sugai
Delivering evening meal four hours before prisoner could break religion-based fast was a substantial burden on the prisoner's free exercise that should have been analyzed for a legitimate penological interest.
Prisoners Rights 9th Feb. 6, 2024
Maney v. Brown
The Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act extends immunity to persons who make policy-level decisions regarding the administration or use of COVID countermeasures.
Prisoners Rights 9th Feb. 2, 2024
Hebrard v. Nofziger
District court did not err when it sua sponte resurrected defendant's forfeited Heck defense and dismissed the complaint under the Prison Litigation Reform Act.
Prisoners Rights 9th Jan. 12, 2024
In re Banks
Disciplinary finding that inmate engaged in conspiracy to introduce drugs into prison via the mail was unsupported as there was no evidence the inmate had made any agreement with the sender.
Prisoners Rights 3DCA Nov. 28, 2023
Redd v. Guerrero
Indigent prisoner sentenced to death in California had a state-created property interest in expeditious state-appointed habeas counsel that was violated by a 26-year delay in appointment.
Prisoners Rights 9th Oct. 23, 2023
Clark v. Broomfield
California Supreme Court's denial of habeas relief was not contrary to established law where defendant's request for self-representation was impulsive and not unequivocal.
Prisoners Rights 9th Oct. 11, 2023
Hampton v. State of California
Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act immunity did not apply to defendant prison and its officials against claims arising from failing to administer COVID-19 tests.
Prisoners Rights 9th Oct. 4, 2023
Tong v. U.S.
Ineffective counsel habeas claims as to an earlier habeas petition were not a second or successive petition because defendant could not have raised them in the earlier petition.
Prisoners Rights 9th Sep. 6, 2023
Ashker v. Newsom
Settlement agreement's extension was improper when, compared to general population, special unit's confinement conditions were not atypical, imposing substantial hardship.
Prisoners Rights 9th Aug. 25, 2023
Nasby v. State of Nevada
Prisoner lacked standing to pursue his access-to-courts claim where he could not show an actual injury because his allegedly hindered claim was frivolous.
Prisoners Rights 9th Aug. 21, 2023
Chambers v. Herrera
Prisoner-plaintiff failed to state a claim where his failure to protect and retaliation claims were new contexts to which the implied Bivens cause of action had never been extended.
Prisoners Rights 9th Aug. 16, 2023
Tiedemann v. Blanckense
Prisoner's transfer did not moot complaint challenging the Bureau of Prison's phone time cap where the alleged injury was caused by system-wide policy and a named defendant could provide relief.
Prisoners Rights 9th Jul. 5, 2023
Jones v. Hendrix
The savings clause of 18 U.S.C. Section 2255 does not allow a prisoner to file a successive Section 2241 habeas corpus petition based on new interpretation of a criminal statute.
Prisoners Rights USSC Jun. 23, 2023
Pinson v. Carvajal
Prisoner's habeas corpus petition based on prison officials' failure to protect against COVID-19 adequately did not properly sound in habeas because it challenged the conditions of the prisoner's confinement.
Prisoners Rights 9th Jun. 9, 2023
Eldridge v. Howard
Because D.C. Superior Court is not a "State court," for the purposes of 28 U.S.C. Section 2253(c)(1), petitioner did not need to obtain a certificate of appealability to appeal the district court's denial of his most recent habeas petition.
Prisoners Rights 9th Jun. 5, 2023
Galanti v. Nevada Dept. of Corrections
District court erred in ignoring former Nevada prisoner's due process rights violation when the Department of Corrections failed to apply education credits that would have reduced his maximum sentence.
Prisoners Rights 9th Apr. 26, 2023
Armstrong v. Newsom
District court's orders for remedial measures to resolve disability discrimination in California prisons survived scrutiny because the orders resolved specific shortcomings the court had previously attempted to address.
Prisoners Rights 9th Feb. 3, 2023
People v. Superior Court (Cortez)
Prisoner's small clandestine notes sent in an envelope to his attorney were not protected by the attorney-client privilege because the notes were unrelated to legal representation.
Prisoners Rights 6DCA Jan. 17, 2023
Eaton v. Blewett
Prisoner was entitled to appeal his grievance to federal court as his options to exhaust administrative remedies were effectively unavailable given the circumstances presented by the prison.
Prisoners Rights 9th Oct. 13, 2022
Amended Opinion: Al Saud v. Days
Denying prisoner's request to be housed only with other Muslims was the least restrictive means of avoiding equal protection liability that comes with classifying prisoners based on religious beliefs.
Prisoners Rights 9th Oct. 12, 2022
Amended Opinion: U.S. v. Wright
Trial court's improper consideration of inapplicable sentencing policy statement during compassionate release analysis was harmless because the court alternatively denied the motion on other appropriate grounds.
Prisoners Rights 9th Aug. 30, 2022
U.S. v. Wright
Trial court's improper consideration of inapplicable sentencing policy statement during compassionate release analysis was harmless because the court alternatively denied the motion on other appropriate grounds.
Prisoners Rights 9th Aug. 1, 2022
Prison Legal News v. Ryan, et al.
Arizona Department of Corrections Order prohibiting mail with sexually explicit material did not violate First Amendment because it was connected to legitimate penal interests and there were no viable alternatives.
Prisoners Rights 9th Jul. 11, 2022
Fierro v. Smith
Jury should not have been given deference instruction when there was a dispute whether denial of protective custody was necessary, justified, and not exaggerated response to security needs.
Prisoners Rights 9th Jul. 5, 2022
People v. Poore
Death row inmates' constitutional rights were not violated by imposing a stun belt and restraint chair during trial because there was a manifest need based on inmates' extensive violent history.
Prisoners Rights CASC Jun. 28, 2022
In re Emanuel O. Cuenca
Petitioner's equal protection claim, based on the state offering state prison inmates, but not county inmates, rehabilitation program credits, failed because the law satisfied rational basis review.
Prisoners Rights 1DCA/4 Jun. 27, 2022
Al Saud v. Days
Denying prisoner's request to be housed only with other Muslims was the least restrictive means of avoiding equal protection liability that comes with classifying prisoners based on religious beliefs.
Prisoners Rights 9th Jun. 8, 2022