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Marshall v. Knight, 04-1062

Denial of petition to amend complaint in a 42 U.S.C. 1983 case involving a prisoner's claim of denial of access to the courts is reversed where pro se litigants deserve leeway when amending complaints, and dismissal of the case is reversed where the prisoner's allegations met the lenient pleading standards for pro se litigants.

Appellate Information

  • Argued 10/24/2005
  • Decided 04/26/2006
  • Published 04/26/2006


  • SYKES, Circuit Judge., Before POSNER, WILLIAMS, and SYKES, Circuit Judges.


  • United States Seventh Circuit


  • For Appellant:
  • Gary L. Starkman, Steven M. Evans (argued), McGuireWoods LLP, Chicago, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • David L. Steiner (argued), Office of the Attorney General, Indianapolis, IN, for Defendant-Appellee.
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