Cases & Deals

Pennsylvania state correction inmate succeeds in appeal to the Third Circuit on allegation of adverse actions taken against him based upon his exercise of his religion while incarcerated

Clients Basil Allay Yates

John Miller and Stephanie Taylor of Jones Day Pittsburgh successfully briefed an appeal to the Third Circuit on behalf of Basil Allah Yates, an inmate in the Pennsylvania state correctional system. Mr. Yates alleged certain adverse actions were taken against him based upon his exercise of his religion while incarcerated. The trial court dismissed his claim on a motion to dismiss. As part of Jones Day's pro bono appellate program, in March, 2008, John and Stephanie were appointed pro bono counsel and represented Mr. Yates, drafting and filing a lengthy brief seeking remand of the case for trial. The state filed its opposition which conceded the merits of Mr. Yates' appeal and asked that the appeal be granted and the case remanded.

Yates v. Painter et al., No. 06-3302 (3d Cir.)

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