Viktor Bout Opinion and Order February 24, 2012

U.S. v. Viktor Bout, Case No. 1:08-cr-00365-SAS

Order Granting Viktor Bout’s Request for a Transfer to General Population

As stated in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York’s Docket Sheet:

“OPINION AND ORDER as to Viktor Bout. After fifteen months in solitary confinement with extremely minimal human contact and mobility, Viktor Bout requests that he be transferred to general population. The Supreme Court has noted that “[p]rison walls do not form a barrier separating prison inmates from the protections of the Constitution” and that “‘[w]hen a prison… practice offends a fundamental constitutional guarantee, federal courts will discharge their duty to protect constitutional rights. Because I “cannot simply defer to the Warden and abandon my duty to uphold the constitution,” I must grant Bout’s request…. CONCLUSION: For the aforementioned reasons, Bout’s request for a transfer to general population is granted. The BOP is directed to transfer Bout forthwith. SO ORDERED. (Signed by Judge Shira A. Scheindlin on 2/24/2012)(ja) (Entered: 02/24/2012)”

Viktor Bout Opinion and Order February 24, 2012


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