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Rhonda Wasserman Comments on Sanctions Recently Issued by a Federal Magistrate Judge Overseeing Prison Litigation

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February 19, 2014

Professor Rhonda Wasserman was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette regarding sanctions issued by a federal magistrate judge overseeing prison litigation against Allegheny County. The judge sanctioned an attorney representing the County for failing to provide the names of corrections officers who are prospective witnesses in the case. The judge’s order required the attorney to personally pay for the time opposing counsel spent drafting a motion to compel the county to provide the names. "’Most judges at some point will lose patience, especially if there doesn't seem to be any good reason not to comply with [a discovery] order,’ said Rhonda Wasserman, a law professor at the University of Pittsburgh.”

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