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Civil Procedure Keyed to Cross
Chiles v. Thornburgh
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Krome Detention Center, Krome, was a minimum-security detention facility managed by the Bureau of Prisons in Dade County, Florida. Defendants, Department of Justice officials, appeared before Congress and stated that Krome used to detain individuals for a short period of time. Nonetheless, Krome was used to detain aliens and felon aliens for a long time. After a riot, Plaintiff, United States Senator Lawton Chiles, brought suit against Defendants to obtain a declaratory, injunctive relief, and a writ of mandamus to compel the government to properly operate Krome. The court allowed Dade County and the Governor of Florida to intervene. Two Krome detainees, two homeowners, and a homeowners’ association tried to intervene. The court dismissed the action on the grounds that Plaintiff, Dade County, and the governor lacked standing to bring suit, the detainees that sought to intervene could seek habeas review, and the homeowners did not allege an injury. Plaintiffs and the individuals seeking to intervene appealed.
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