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Federal Litigation Training Tips Video: Request to Produce Documents

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

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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.

Click on the title of a document below to view or print the supporting material:

Federal Court Prison Litigation Project Handbook Part I
Federal Court Prison Litigation Project Handbook Part II

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