Supreme Court Issues Opinion

Clarifies interpretation of 1996 Prison Litigation Law

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in the case of Lomax v. Ortiz-Marquez. The case resulted in a unanimous decision from the Court about the 1996 Prison Litigation Reform Act. Under the act, prisoners have a “three strikes” policy when it comes to filing or appealing federal civil action. 

The case took up what counts as a “strike” and the unanimous decision determined that “a dismissal without prejudice for failure to state a claim” does count as a strike under the law. According to the text of the opinion issued by the court, and penned by Justice Kagan, “The text of the PLRA’s three-strikes provision makes this case an easy call.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For God to lead the Justices in the best decisions to make in the future.
  • For the Court to take up the best cases to hear in the future. 
  • For the health of the Justices to be protected in the midst of the pandemic.

Sources:  SCOTUSBlog, Supreme Court


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