Bruce v. Samuels

Brief of the Southern Poverty Law Center, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Human Rights Defense Center as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner.

Brief filed: 08/18/2015


Bruce v. Samuels

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 14-844

Prior Decision

Decision below Pinson v. Samuels, 761 F.3d 1 (D.C.Cir. Oct. 22, 2014).


Congress enacted the PLRA against the background of this country's tradition of access to the courts and the opportunity for judicial redress. The fee-collection provision of the PLRA reflects a careful balance. The "Per Case" approach threatens to deter meritorious lawsuits.

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