Federal Litigation Training Tips Video: Request to Produce Documents
Wednesday, September 22, 2004
- Organization: Illinois Institute for Community Law
View the 28 minute training tape on IllinoisLegalAid.org
When: Monday, September 13, 11:00-11:30am
Speaker: James Chapman, Illinois Institute for Community Law
In prison cases, because of their felony convictions, the plaintiff-prisoner, as well as prisoner witnesses, lack credibility in the eyes of the jury or judge. It is imperative, as a consequence, to establish the plaintiff's case, as much as possible, from prison documents. This principle takes at least two approaches: documents that are produced and those not produced. The latter are just as important. Under prison regulations, correctional officers must generate certain types of reports when unusual incidents occur or when they enter a prison tier and so on. If those documents are not produced (they were not generated), the credibility of the officers will be affected.
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