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Docket Number16-1067
Term2017
Full NameCharles Murphy v. Robert Smith
Short NameCharles Murphy v. Robert Smith
PetitionerCharles Murphy
RespondentRobert Smith
Date Argued (Reargued)Dec. 6, 2017
Date Decided

Question Presented

When a prisoner obtains a monetary judgment in a suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and the prisoner's lawyer is awarded attorney's fees, "a portion of the judgment (not to exceed 25 percent) shall be applied to satisfy the amount of attorney's fees awarded against the defendant." 42 U.S.C. § 1997e(d)(2). The defendant pays the remainder of the attorney's fees. The question presented is whether the parenthetical phrase "not to exceed 25 percent" means any amount up to 25 percent (as four circuits hold), or whether it means exactly 25 percent (as the Seventh Circuit holds).

Case Events

NoDateDescription
17 2017-10-20CIRCULATED
16 2017-10-10Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner GRANTED.
15 2017-10-06SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Wednesday, December 6, 2017
14 2017-10-06Brief amici curiae of American Civil Liberties, et al. filed.
13 2017-09-29Brief of petitioner Charles Murphy filed.
12 2017-09-05Motion to dispense with printing the joint appendix filed by petitioner Charles Murphy.
11 2017-08-25Petition GRANTED.
10 2017-07-26DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 25, 2017.
9 2017-07-18Reply of petitioner Charles Murphy filed.
8 2017-07-12Brief of respondents Robert Smith, et al. in opposition filed.
7 2017-06-14Order further extending time to file response to petition to and including July 12, 2017.
6 2017-04-25Order extending time to file response to petition to and including June 12, 2017.
5 2017-04-12Response Requested. (Due May 12, 2017)
4 2017-04-12DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 28, 2017.
3 2017-04-03Brief amici curiae of Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, et al. filed.
2 2017-03-30Waiver of right of respondent Robert Smith, et al. to respond filed.
1 2017-03-02Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due April 5, 2017)

Case Counsels

NameParty NameDescriptionAddressPhoneType
David Leigh FranklinRobert Smith, et al.Counsel of RecoSolicitor General State of Illinois100 West Randolph Street, 12th FloorChicago, IL 60601(312)-814-5376respondent
David Michael ShapiroAmerican Civil Liberties, et al.Counsel of RBluhm Legal Clinic375 East Chicago AvenueChicago, IL 60611-3069david.shapiro@law.northwestern.edu312-503-1271other
David M. ShapiroRoderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, et al.AmicusRoderick and SolangeMacArthur Justice CenterNorthwestern University School of Law 375 East Chicago AvenueChicago, IL 60611david.shapiro@law.northwestern.edu(312) 503-0711other
Mary E. WelshRobert Smith, et al.AmicusAssistant Attorney GeneralOffice of the Attorney General 100 West Randolph St., 12th Fl. Chicago, IL 60657(312) 814-2106respondent
Stuart BannerCharles MurphyCounsel of RecordUCLA School of Law, Supreme Court Clinic405 Hilgard Ave.Los Angeles, CA 90095banner@law.ucla.edu310-206-8506petitioner
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