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Supreme Court Hearings - Diane Knopf, Warden of Mission Institution, et al. v. Gurkirpal Singh Khela


Diane Knopf, Warden of Mission Institution, et al. v. Gurkirpal Singh Khela (October 16, 2013)
Case # 34609

The respondent was an inmate serving a life sentence at Mission Institute, a medium security facility. On September 23, 2009, another inmate at Mission Institutewas stabbed. Unidentified sources and two anonymous tips alleged that the respondent paid two other inmates three grams of heroin to carry out the stabbing. The stabbing was allegedly in retaliation for a prior assault. The findings were reported to the Warden of Mission Institute in a Security Intelligence Report. The warden ordered the respondent’s involuntary, emergency transfer to Kent Institute, a maximum security facility. The respondent made submissions and in part objected to the adequacy of disclosure of the information relied upon by the warden. The warden then provided notice of a final decision reclassifying him as a maximum security risk and confirming his transfer to Kent.


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