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Pro Bono Opportunity in Case No. 4:18-cv-546-TKW/MJF

Friday, February 19, 2021

This is a notice of an opportunity to provide pro bono representation in the case of Martinez v. Linton, Case No. 4:18-cv-546-TKW/MJF.

Plaintiff, an inmate in the custody of the Florida Department of Corrections, alleges that six Defendants violated his rights under the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Plaintiff alleges that on September 28, 2017, Defendant Brown ignored Plaintiff’s medical pass which restricted him from working in food service and, when Plaintiff attempted to show Brown his medical pass, Brown falsely reported that Plaintiff was being disruptive. Plaintiff alleges that Defendants Linton, Slayton, Becerra, and Buckley responded to Brown’s report and, while escorting Plaintiff to confinement in handcuffs, beat him without justification. Plaintiff alleges that Defendant Cooper refused his plea for medical attention, stripped Plaintiff of all clothing and bedding, and forced him to sleep naked on a bare steel bunk for 72 hours.

Plaintiff is most comfortable speaking the Spanish language.

Public funds are not available for payment of attorney’s fees. Fees may be recoverable under applicable law if Plaintiff ultimately prevails. See 42 U.S.C. § 1988(b); World Outreach Conference Ctr. v. City of Chicago, 234 F. Supp. 3d 904 (N.D. Ill. 2017). Limited funds sometimes are available from the District’s Bench and Bar Fund for the payment of out-of-pocket expenses incurred by an attorney providing representation of this type.
Members of the District’s bar will be afforded access to the electronic docket without charge for the purpose of considering whether to undertake the representation. An attorney who wishes to provide representation may contact Plaintiff directly and may enter the case by filing a notice of appearance. Plaintiff is currently confined at Mayo Correctional Institution in Mayo, Florida.

SO ORDERED this 19th day of February, 2021.