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Harris v. Garner: Motion for Leave to File Brief for Amicus Curiae (21 Oct 1998)
IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS 
FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT
No. 98-8899
FREDERICK HARRIS, et al., 
Appellants,
v.
WAYNE GARNER, et al.,
Appellees.
ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE
BRIEF FOR AMICUS CURIAE
LAW PROFESSORS
JOAN FITZPATRICK, GREGORY H. FOX,
NATSU TAYLOR SAITO, RALPH G. STEINHARDT,
AND JOHAN D. VAN DER VYVER
IN SUPPORT OF APPELLANTS
Natsu Taylor Saito
Associate Professor of Law
Georgia State University
Fourth Floor, Urban Life Bldg.
140 Decatur Street, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 651-4158
Counsel of Record for Amici
Frederick Harris, et al. V. Wayne Garner, et al., No. 98-8899
CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTED PERSONS
AND CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Pursuant to Rule 29 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure, the undersigned counsel of record certifies that the following listed persons and entities have an interest in the outcome of this case:
1. Thurbert Baker, Georgia Attorney General, Attorney for Defendants-Appellees.
2. Mark A. Basurto, Georgia Assistant Attorney General, Attorney for Defendants-Appellees.
3. Duke Blackburn, Defendant-Appellee
4. Michael J. Bowers, former Georgia Attorney General.
5. Stephen B. Bright, Southern Center for Human Rights, Attorney for Plaintiffs-Appellants.
6. Dayton Brinkley, Plaintiff-Appellant.
7. Danny Chadwick, Plaintiff-Appellant.
8. Leonis Cook, Plaintiff-Appellant.
9. William Daley, Plaintiff-Appellant.
10. Joan Fitzpatrick.
11. Gregory H. Fox.
12. Wayne Garner, Defendant-Appellee.
13. Frederick Harris, Plaintiff-Appellant.
14. Hon. Claude W. Hicks Jr., United States Magistrate Judge, Middle District of Georgia.
15. Willie Hooks, Plaintiff-Appellant.
16. John C. Jones, Georgia Senior Assistant Attorney General, Attorney for Defendants-Appellees.
17. Alan Kilgore, Plaintiff-Appellant.
18. Leroy Langes, Plaintiff-Appellant.
19. Diane Festin LaRoss, Georgia Assistant Attorney General, Attorney for Defendants-Appellees.
20. Hon. Hugh Lawson, United States District Judge, Middle District of Georgia.
21. Samuel Locklear, Plaintiff-Appellant.
22. Farrell Nation, Plaintiff-Appellant.
23. Natsu Taylor Saito.
24. George P. Shingler, former Georgia Deputy Attorney General.
25. Ralph G. Steinhardt.
26. A.G. Thomas, Defendant-Appellee.
27. Robert E. Toone, Southern Center for Human Rights, Attorney for Plaintiffs-Appellants.
28. Twenty-two Unnamed Tactical Squad Officers of the Georgia Department of Corrections, Defendants-Appellees.
29. Johan D. van der Vyver.
30. James Wade, Plaintiff-Appellant.

Law Professors Joan Fitzpatrick et al. ("Amici") respectfully request leave to file a Statement Amicus Curiae in the above styled action. Amici's proposed brief is being submitted for filing simultaneously with this motion. In support of this motion, amici state as follows:

Amici are interested in questions of statutory construction as they relate to binding norms of international law in the United States. The District Court's ruling, which unwittingly contravenes these norms, is of great concern to amici.

Amici are professors of law expert in the fields of statutory construction, international law and the application of international law by the courts of the United States, as more particularly set forth in the Certificate of Interested Persons and Corporate Disclosure Statement. The views of jurists on points of international law are taken into account when such questions arise in U.S. courts. See, e.g., The Paquete Habana, 175 U.S. 677, 700 (1900); United States v. Smith, 18 U.S. 153, 160-61 (1820).

Amici, through scholarship and practice, have contributed to the development of jurisprudence on various questions related to the pending matter. Amici therefore seek leave to present their views to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit of the United States concerning the construction of the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ("PLRA"), Pub. L. No. 104-134, 801-810, 110 Stat. 1321 (1996), in light of the international legal obligations of the United States, in the context of the present appeal of the decision of the District Court.

Counsel for Appellants has consented to the filing of the Statement Amicus Curiae. Defendants-Appellees do not oppose the filing of this Amicus Curiae brief.

Respectfully submitted,

_______________________________
Natsu Taylor Saito
Associate Professor of Law
Georgia State University
Fourth Floor, Urban Life Bldg.
140 Decatur Street, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 651-4158
Counsel of Record for Amici


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