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Walker v. Pennsylvania, No. 17-53 (U.S. Supreme Court)

We filed a petition for a writ of certiorari on behalf of Shawn Walker, a former death-row inmate who spent approximately twenty years on death row in solitary confinement, eight of which came after his death sentence had been set aside.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that the prison officials who kept Mr. Walker in solitary confinement without any legitimate basis were immune from liability because they followed their own prison policies. 

Our petition urged the U.S. Supreme Court to address a significant split among the federal circuits regarding whether prison officials can be shielded from liability by their own policies, and to address a further split as to whether placement in indefinite solitary confinement without meaningful review violates clearly established law under the Due Process Clause of the U.S. Constitution. 

Click here to read our Petition for Certiorari.
Click here to read the response in opposition.
Click here to read our reply.

Several individuals and organizations have filed amicus briefs supporting Mr. Walker’s petition for certiorari, emphasizing the importance of this case:

Click here to read the amicus brief of Professors of Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Law.
Click here to read the amicus brief of the Promise of Justice Initiative.
Click here to read the amicus brief of Professors and Practitioners of Psychiatry, Psychology and Medicine.
Click here to read the amicus brief of The Fair Punishment Project.