Judge Myron Thompson

Abortion
4:11 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Judge To Hold Trial On Alabama Abortion Law

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson says he will hold a trial on Alabama's new law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.
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A federal judge says he will hold a trial on Alabama's new law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Monday that the trial will address one issue: whether the law violates the due process rights of women seeking abortion. The judge set aside all other issues raised by the clinics that sued over the law and by the state officials named as defendants.

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Alabama Prisons-HIV Inmates
4:26 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Judge Approves Deal In Ala. Prison Case Over HIV

A federal judge has approved a settlement to end the segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons.
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A federal judge has approved a settlement to end the segregation of HIV-positive inmates in Alabama prisons.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an opinion Monday saying the agreement isn't perfect but can take effect.

Female inmates already are living with other prisoners at the state's lone women's prison, and male inmates will be integrated into the general prison population next year.

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HIV Prisoners
5:23 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Ala. Prisons May Pay $1.3 Million To ACLU Lawyers

Ala. prisons may pay $1.3 million to ACLU lawyers in settlement over the state's policy of segregating HIV prisoners.

A tentative settlement of a federal lawsuit calls for the Alabama prison system to pay $1.3 million to American Civil Liberties Union attorneys who sued the state over its policy of segregating prisoners with HIV and AIDS.

All other states except South Carolina have abandoned similar policies. South Carolina plans to move HIV-positive inmates into the main prison population by Jan. 1.

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Alabama Prisons-HIV Segregation
5:13 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Judge To Rule On Fairness Of Deal In Ala. HIV Case

A judge is set to rule on the fairness of a settlement ending the segregation of HIV-infected inmates in Alabama prisons.
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A judge is set to rule on the fairness of a settlement ending the segregation of HIV-infected inmates in Alabama prisons.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson held a hearing on the agreement Thursday at Limestone prison near Harvest. Another hearing was held earlier this week at the state women's prison in Wetumpka.

An American Civil Liberties Union attorney representing prisoners, Margaret Winter, quotes Thompson as saying he will release a decision by midnight Monday.

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Abortion Suit
5:24 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Judge Delays Part Of Ala. Abortion Law Until March

A judge has delayed enforcement of a key portion of Alabama's new abortion clinic law until March 24, 2014.
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A federal judge has delayed enforcement of a key portion of Alabama's new abortion clinic law until March 24, 2014.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson issued an order Tuesday postponing enforcement to the date suggested by attorneys on both sides of a lawsuit challenging part of the law.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood are trying to block a portion of the law that requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to nearby hospitals.

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Abortion Suit
4:57 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Judge Blocks Part Of New Ala. Abortion Law

A federal judge is blocking part of Alabama's new abortion clinic law from taking effect. The part of the law at issue requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.
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A federal judge is blocking part of Alabama's new abortion clinic law from taking effect.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Friday, siding with clinic operators that sued over the law.

Thompson says he needs time to review evidence, and temporarily prohibiting the law from taking effect protects the public from harm.

The part of the law at issue requires doctors at abortion clinics to have approval to admit patients to a nearby hospital.

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HIV Inmates-Alabama
4:28 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Judge Blocks Ala. Policy Of Segregating HIV Inmates

A judge has blocked Alabama's policy of segregating HIV inmates calling it a violation of federal law.
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A judge has struck down Alabama's policy of segregating prison inmates with HIV, ruling that it violates federal law.


U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson ruled Friday in favor of inmates who filed suit to end the longstanding practice. Thompson says the state's policy violates federal disabilities law.


Thompson says the state and inmate attorneys will have time to propose a way to bring state prisons into compliance with his order.


The American Civil Liberties Union calls the decision "historic." The state has yet to comment on the ruling.

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