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Greiman v. Carlstrom et al

Case Summary: 13-cv-00510

Plaintiff Blair J. Greiman brought an action against Defendants Jason Carlstrom and John Baldwin of the Iowa Board of Parole for an alleged intent to delay Plaintiff’s release from prison on parole supervision. Plaintiff was convicted of first degree kidnapping in 1982 and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. Plaintiff’s sentence was later changed to life in prison with the possibility of parole. Defendants denied Plaintiff parole after review on two separate occassions. Plaintiff brought this action, alleging Defendants did not adequately address Plaintiff's individual circumstances in its parole review process, thereby unfairly denying his parole request.  Plaintiff argues that this denial is, therefore, in violation of the cruel and unusual punishment clause of the Eighth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In this video, the Court hears oral arguments for both parties on a Motion to Dismiss brought by Defendant. Defendant argues that the policy for parole review is fair and does not subject any person to unfair treatment. Plaintiff argues that Defendant’s policy for parole is unfair and needs to be changed. The judge takes the matter under consideration.

Case Highlights

  • Motion to Dismiss filed 2/7/2014 (Doc #2)
  • Motion Hearing heard 8/21/2014 (Doc # 15)

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Greiman v. Carlstrom et al
Greiman v. Carlstrom et al
Greiman v. Carlstrom et al, Case Number 4:13-cv-00510-RP-CFB, Motion to dismiss, Civil Rights Case, 8/21/2014, 10:00 a.m. CST, Des Moines U.S. Courthouse, Des Moines, IA, Sr. Judge Robert W. Pratt presiding.

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