Case Number: 2016-005583


This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff argues that Nevada Department of Corrections, Defendants, violated the First and Eighth Amendment. Defendants unreasonably searched and seized his legal work in retaliation for filing a grievance against them. In addition, they withheld and/or disposed of legal mail, so that he would miss filing deadlines for his lawsuit. Officers used excessive force when they slammed his head into the bunk. Then they handcuffed him and punched him repeatedly in the face. During the attack, officers caused permanent damage to his arm by twisting it and gave him two black eyes. The hospital took x-rays and documented his injuries. Prison officials then falsely imprisoned Plaintiff in maximum security prison when he was classified as a minimum security inmate. They did this in retaliation. The Department failed to answer his grievances within 45 days as required by AR 740. In June, 2016, the parties had a Settlement Conference, but it was unsuccessful. Plaintiff’s retaliation and excessive force claims survived summary judgment. Plaintiff’s request for preliminary injunction and restraining order were denied. There is a Jury Trial on August 8, 2017 in Reno. Documents available for review: Complaint, Answer, MSJ documents, Screening Order

Case Number: 2017-001740


This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff’s complaint alleges his constitutional rights were violated while incarcerated as an inmate in the custody of Nevada Department of Corrections. After screening and summary judgment, Plaintiff has two remaining claims: (1) an Eighth Amendment claim for failure to protect; and (2) a Section 1983 claim for an unconstitutional policy of denying bed moves. A Settlement Conference has been ordered but the date is not yet set. Jury Trial is set for July 24-28, 2017 at 9:30 am. Documents available for review: screening order, amended complaint, answer to amended complaint, order referring to pro bono program, report and recommendation to motion for summary judgment, order adopting report and recommendation.

Case Number: 2017-000833


This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to the plaintiff who is a pretrial detainee at Clark County Detention Center.  Plaintiff’s four remaining claims are: (1) a First Amendment free exercise claim against religious coordinator based on alleged denial of access to religious services; (2) a Fourteenth Amendment equal protection claim against religious coordinator based on alleged disparate treatment for Muslim inmates to get access to religious services; (3) a First Amendment free exercise claim against kitchen supervisor based on allegations that she refused to provide sufficient food to sustain him while he fasted during Ramadan; and (4) an Eighth Amendment cruel and unusual punishment claim against kitchen supervisor for failing to provide sufficient food to satisfy nutritional requirements while plaintiff was fasting. Documents available for review: Complaint, Screening Order, Order Setting Aside Default

Case Number: 2017-002265


This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff is currently incarcerated at High Desert State Prison and is in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC). Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint was screened and allowed to proceed on November 14, 2014.  Plaintiff raised three claims: an 8th Amendment claim for cruel and unusual punishment; an 8th Amendment claim for deliberate indifference to a serious medical need; and an 8th Amendment claim regarding unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Plaintiff filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on July 30, 2015. Defendants filed their Motion for Summary Judgment on October 21, 2015. The Court denied Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment, and granted in part and denied in part Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment. Plaintiff’s 8th Amendment claim regarding unconstitutional conditions of confinement will proceed to trial. Documents available for review: Amended Complaint, Answer, MSJs, Order on MSJs, Referral Order, and Screening Order

Case Number: 2017-003033


This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 case referred to the Federal Pro Bono Program for general purpose appointment of counsel to Plaintiff. Plaintiff is currently incarcerated at Northern Nevada Correctional Center. Plaintiff alleges eighth amendment violations while incarcerated at Southern Desert Correctional Center. He alleges that defendants’ deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs left him blind in one eye. Mediation was attempted but not successful. Documents available for review: Amended Complaint, Answer, Screening Order, Docket Sheet, Referral Order