Pro Se Access Plaintiffs: Helpful, If Imperfect, Agents for Change

November 1, 2019

Reprinted with permission from Communications Lawyer, Fall 2019

On the defense side, pro se plaintiff cases often are cumbersome, rambling, and unfocused. They present unique challenges to litigators.

On the other hand, pro se plaintiffs in access cases—even if they are sometimes imperfect messengers—can provide welcome opportunities to press for reform. For example, in Linn v. U.S. Department of Justice, the court granted partial summary judgment to Kenneth Linn, a pro se plaintiff and federal prisoner, and ordered the release of documents withheld by the Bureau of Prisons, concluding that the bureau improperly withheld the identities of witnesses who had testified against him. Read More

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