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Jordanian Prisoner Wins Revival of Blocked-Mail Claims

Nov. 8, 2019, 6:05 PM

An attorney is needed to flesh out a foreign national’s claims that prison staff in Illinois unconstitutionally blocked his attempts to contact a criminal defense attorney and his country’s embassy, the Seventh Circuit said Nov. 8.

The trial court dismissed the pro se suit lodged against staff at the federal penitentiary in Marion, Ill., in February. The trial court reasoned that the legal precedent cited by Hosam Smadi, a Jordanian citizen, allows for damages where a citizen claims their Fourth, Fifth, and Eighth Amendment rights were violated by persons acting under the color of federal authority, but not for alleged...

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