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John W. Perotti Papers, 1979-1999

MSS-132

Size: 24 linear feet

Provenance: received from John W. Perotti

Access: open

Related Collections: Etheridge Knight Papers, MSS- 016, which also describes the experience of prisoners.

 

Processing Note: The materials in this collection were received in a state of extreme disorder and poor condition. Many of the papers were ripped, creased, and some even bare signs of scorching. The processor has attempted to impose order on the papers, but in cases where the papers were arranged by Mr. Perotti in notebooks or binders, they have been removed from the binders and kept in their original order.

 

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections reserves the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

 

Completed by: Maria Halovanic, Archival Assistant, Spring 2000.

 

Biographical Sketch

 

John W. Perotti, born October 9, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1973 he graduated from Lakewood High School and worked as a machinist, a construction worker and a labor organizer. In 1979, he was arrested and imprisoned for aggravated robbery. He has been incarcerated at Lucasville, Mansfield, and the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility where he remains serving a 22 to 60 year sentence.

Mr. Perotti is a former member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). During his membership, he was an organizer for Prisoners' Organizing Project (POP), secretary for SWOGMB IWW Union branch and Internal Secretary for General Defense Committee, Local 3 IWW Union. He is also a member of the Prison Law Project of the National Lawyers Guild, American Civil Liberties Union and Amnesty International. He is affiliated with various labor and political groups such as the Anarchist Black Cross Groups.

While still imprisoned, Mr. Perotti received the Marion Davis Scholarship Foundation Grant, a grant which he then used to earn a degree in Paralegal Science from the Paralegal Institute. He has litigated over one hundred civil, criminal and administrative actions, and has represented himself in civil trials in the U.S. District Court of Claims. His degree as well as his extensive interaction with the legal system has led him to be known in the prison community as a jailhouse lawyer. He has won suits against correctional officers and has also assisted other inmates in their court cases against correctional officers and the Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

Mr. Perotti cites penal reform as his impetus for his various litigations against the Ohio and the United States correctional institutions. His goals are to gain release from prison, to work and live productively in society, and to help bring about change.

 

Scope and Content Note

 

The papers are comprised mainly of litigations, court motions and depositions created over the twenty years of John Perotti’s incarceration at various penal institutions in Ohio, and have been arranged in six series: S1. Correspondence, S2. Scrapbooks and Notebooks, S3. Printed Material, S4. Issues, S5. Legal, and S6. Photographs.

 

The first series, Correspondence, consists of letters written to and from John Perotti by friends, family, lawyers and various political groups. Because some of the authors of letters were unknown, or they were identifiable by first name, nicknames or initials only, they have been placed accordingly in folders. Single letters, whose author could be identified by first and last name, were arranged alphabetically. Multiple letters written by a single author have been given their own folder. Letters between Perotti and his correspondents have been inter-filed wherever possible.

 

The Second Series, Scrapbooks and Notebooks, consists of daily planners as well as materials bound together by Perotti pertaining to law, education and the Paralegal Institute, and institutional policy procedures for various prisons. Original orders of the materials in the notebooks have been maintained.

 

The third series, Printed Material, is comprised of various publications relating to incarceration, prisoners’ rights, the government, democracy and anarchy. There are also newspaper clippings concerning Perotti's various litigations. These periodicals and newspaper articles help to establish a context for Perotti's cases, correspondence and activities while incarcerated.

 

The fourth series, Issues, is divided into subjects which range from institutional rule violations, prisoners’ rights, transfers, parole board hearings, mail rules and visitors. Included in the Issues Series are grievances, complaint forms and kites, which are correspondence between prisoners and prison officials.

 

The fifth and largest series is the Legal series, which is comprised of litigations and divided into four subseries: cases filed by Perotti, cases filed against Perotti, other cases relating to Perotti and Miscellaneous. The first three subseries consist of depositions, motions, legal correspondence, exhibits, and transcripts. Included in the subseries Miscellaneous are FBI files, blank legal forms and cases, notes and exhibits whose case number could not be determined.

 

The final series, Photographs, is a single folder series and contains pictures of family and friends.

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S1. Correspondence

    To Perotti, No name

    To Perotti, Initials only

    To Perotti, First name, nickname only

    To Perotti, A-K

    To Perotti, L-Z

    From Perotti, first name only

    From Perotti, A-K

    From Perotti, L-Z

    Bruce

    Gracely (Baby Girl)

    Mona

    Allyn, William H

    Brumfield, Paul

    CIA

    Carpenter, Barry

    Carro, Dean J.

    Clark, Sonya K.

    Clerk of Courts

    Dallman, William

    Dapice, John

    Day, Michael

    Hetherington, Sister Evelyn

    Incendiary Publications

    Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review

    Johnson, Mary E, Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney

    Kilroy, Mary Jo

    Klees, Pat

    Liesure, Linda

    Lynd, Staughton and Alice

    Martin, William

    Maynard, Rosina

    Ohio Department of Rehabilitation

    Perotti, Joan

    Poley, John D.

    Pope, Shirley

    Poulus, Paul and Rochelle

    Pierola, Albert

    Reichel, Timothy

    Renner, Richard

    Sapp, Sharon

    Shawnee State University

    Skaggs, Roy

    Slaton, D.E. (Reuben)

    Spiegal, Judge Arthur

    Stokes, Louis

    Swofford, Eric

    US. Department of Justice

    Wescott, Juanita

    White, Michael T.

    Wilkinson, Reginald

    Wolfel, Dennis

    Saved envelopes

 

S2. Scrapbooks and Notebooks

    Appointment book 1984

    Appointment book 1986

    Appointment book 1987

    Appointment book 1988-89

    Appointment book 1991

    Legal Notebook #1 (1 of 2)

    Legal Notebook #1 (2 of 2)

    Legal Notebook #2 (1 of 3)

    Legal Notebook #2 (2 of 3)

    Legal Notebook #2 (3 of 3)

    Legal Notebook # 3 (1 of 2)

    Legal Notebook # 3 (2 of 2)

    Legal Notebook # 4

    Legal Notebook # 5

    Legal Notebook # 6

    Legal Notebook # 7

    Institutional Policy and Procedure Notebook (1 of 4)

    Institutional Policy and Procedure Notebook (2 of 4)

    Institutional Policy and Procedure Notebook (3 of 4)

    Institutional Policy and Procedure Notebook (4 of 4)

    Paralegal Institute Notebook (1 of 5)

    Paralegal Institute Notebook (2 of 5)

    Paralegal Institute Notebook (3 of 5)

    Paralegal Institute Notebook (4 of 5)

    Paralegal Institute Notebook (5 of 5)

 

S3. Printed Material

    Alternative to Imprisonment

    Amnesty International

    Bayou La Rose

    Breaking Men's Minds

    Coalition for Prisoners' Rights

    Counter Information

    Discussion Bulletin

    Federal Litigator

    Fifth Estate

    Green Anarchist

    Gorilla Law

    Journal, National Prison Project

    La Lotta de Classe

    Love and Rage

    Lucis Publishing

    The Myth of Humane Imprisonment

    National Law Journal

    Prison Legal News

    Prison Ministry

    Poems/Literature

    Redbook Store

    Red Dragon

    Resistance

    Revolutionary Worker

    The Sedition Committee

    SOCF Newsletter

    Social Anarchism

    The State Adversary

    Talks and Tales Monthly

    The Thought

    Toronto Anarchist Black Cross

    Tribunal Reflections

    United Nations Publications

    The Writing of Bobby Sands

    Newspaper Clippings

    Miscellaneous (1 of 2)

    Miscellaneous (2 of 2)

 

S4. Issues

    AC Materials

    AC Placement

    Access to Materials

    Appeal to RIB Hearing, 1991

    Appeal to RIB Hearing, 1992

    Chandler #180-951

    Clemency Application

    Confiscation of Property

    Commissary

    Contraband

    Grievances/ Complaints (1 of 4)

    Grievances/ Complaints (2 of 4)

    Grievances/ Complaints (3 of 4)

    Grievances/ Complaints (4 of 4)

    Human Rights Violations

    Indictments and Past Convictions (1 of 2)

    Indictments and Past Convictions (2 of 2)

    IWW, Correspondence

    IWW, Dues

    IWW, SOCF Papers

    IWW, Printed Materials (1 of 2)

    IWW, Printed Materials (2 of 2)

    Kites

    Level 3

    Mail (1 of 2)

    Mail (2 of 2)

    Mansfield Rules

    Medication

    Parole Board

    Power of Attorney, Living Will

    Stolen Magazines

    Transfer

    Visitors

    Work Programs

   

S5. Legal

Cases Filed by Perotti

    Perotti v. Baker, 4:94CV231 Volume I

    Perotti v. Baker, 4:94CV231 Volume II

    Perotti v. Baker, 4:94CV231, motions

    Perotti v. Barry et al, 2-85-326, motions

    Perotti v. Bowman, C-1-90-549 motions (1 of 3)

    Perotti v. Bowman, C-1-90-549 motions (2 of 3)

    Perotti v. Bowman, C-1-90-549 motions (3 of 3)

    Perotti v. Brown, 89-CI-370, motions

    Perotti v. Carty et al, 1-86-007, appeal 86-4014 (1 of 2)

    Perotti v. Carty et al, 1-86-007, appeal 86-4014 (2 of 2)

    Perotti v. Chauboudy, CIV-85-419

    Perotti v. Collins, 95-129, motions

    Perotti (Knecht et al) v. Collins et al, 96-36-82, Briefs

    Perotti (Knecht) v. Collins et al, 96-36-82, Joint Appendix (1 of 2)

    Perotti (Knecht) v. Collins et al, 96-36-82, Joint Appendix (2 of 2)

    Perotti (Knecht) v Collins, 96-36-82, Joint Appendix Vol. II (1 of 3)

    Perotti (Knecht) v Collins, 96-36-82, Joint Appendix Vol. II (2 of 3)

    Perotti (Knecht) v Collins, 96-36-82. Joint Appendix Vol. II (3 of 3)

    Civil Rights Complaints, Paulos et al v. Collins et al

    Perotti v. Dept. of Rehab, 84-07826

    Perotti v. Dept. of Rehab, 85-08681

    Perotti v. Dept. of Rehab, 85-10791, 85-09130

    Perotti v. Dept. of Rehab, 89-12282, 89-12283

    Perotti v. Dept. of Rehab, 83-04656, 84-07834, 85-10502

    Servizi v Dept. of Rehab, 87-03481

    Perotti v. Dept of Rehab, 89-01346, 89-10892, 89-10906, 89-10914

    Perotti v. Dept of Rehab, 91-02397

    Perotti v. Dept of Rehab, Miscellaneous

    Perotti v. Ferguson et al, 82-1672, motions and evidence

    Perotti v. Ferguson et al, 82-1672, Ferguson personnel files

    Perotti v. Lane, 83-CI-5-2980

    Perotti v. Marshall and Mullins, 85-258

    Perotti v. Morris et al, 1-87-0527

    Perotti v. Morris et al, C-2-85-326

    Perotti v. Morris et al, 1-88-0614, motions

    Perotti v. Morris et al, 88-6949

    Perotti (Wolfel et al) v Morris et al, 1-89-175, motions

    Perotti (Wolfel et al) v Morris, 1-89-175, appeal 91-3607/3661/4142

    Perotti v. Morris et al, 1-90-323, motions

    Perotti v. Morris et al, 1-90-323, evidence

    Perotti v. Morris et al, 1-90-323, notice of service

    Perotti v. Morris et al, 1-90-323, correspondence

    Perotti v. Morris et al, 90-3545

    Perotti v. Morris et al, 89-FC-8133

    Perotti v. Rubin, 85-8327

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, trial transcript vol. I

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, trial transcript vol. II

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, trial transcript vol. III

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, trial transcript vol. IV

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, trial transcript vol. V

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, trial transcript vol. VI

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, trial transcript vol. VII

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, trial transcript vol. VIII

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, trial transcripts, depositions

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, trial transcripts, Perotti depositions

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, trial transcripts, excerpts

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, transcripts misc.

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, motions, 1983-1986

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, motions, 1987

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, motions, 1989

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, miscellaneous motions (1 of 2)

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, miscellaneous motions (2 of 2)

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, evidence for Feb. 1987 trial (1 of 2)

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, evidence for Feb. 1987 trial (2 of 2)

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, grievances filed

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, correspondence

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, miscellaneous

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-584, appeal 87-3532/3533

    Perotti v. Seiter et al 1-83-584, Brown Garnishment, 87-MI-005

    Perotti v. Seiter 1-83-584, Civic Bank v. Brown, Perotti CIV-87-49

    Perotti v. Seiter, 1-83-584, Swann Garnishment, 87J6-07-214070

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-1098, trial transcript

    Perotti v Seiter, 1-83-1098, 2nd, 3rd motion for summary judgment

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-1098, motions (1 of 3)

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-1098, motions (2 of 3)

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-1098, motions (3 of 3)

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-1098, extracted exhibits

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-1098, exhibits

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-1098, correspondence

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-1098, questions

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-1098, appeal 87-3620

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-83-1098, appeal 87-3620, correspondence

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, CIV-83-127

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-84-1285

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-84-1286

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 1-84-1286, appeal 88-8352

    Perotti v. Seiter, Marshal et al, 1-85-1180 (1 of 2)

    Perotti v. Seiter, Marshal et al, 1-85-1180 (2 of 2)

    Perotti v. Seiter, Marshal et al, 1-85-1180, appeal 88-3159

    Perotti v. Seiter, Marshal et al, 1-85-1180, appeal 88-3159/3412

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, C-1-86-559, motions

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 83-3542

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 86-3592

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 87-3380/3154

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 87-3533

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 87-4089

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 88-3308, 87-7382

    Perotti (Wolfel et al) v. Seiter, 1-89-688, evidence for retaliation

    Perotti v. Shaner et al, 87-4024, motions

    Perotti v. Shaner et al, 1-85-1877

    Perotti v. Shaner et al, 1-85-1877, Perotti deposition

    Perotti v. St. Anthony’s Hospital et al, 85-CV08-4443, motions

    Perotti v. St. Anthony's Hospital et al, 85-CV08-4443, records

    Perotti v State Employment Relations Boards 88-CI-001 (1 of 2)

    Perotti v. State Employment Relations Boards 88-CI-001 (2 of 2)

    Perotti v. Taylor et al, 2-83-856, motions 1986-1989

    Perotti v. Taylor et al, 2-83-856, evidence and exhibits

    Perotti v. Taylor et al, 2-83-856, motions, miscellaneous

    Perotti v. Taylor et al, 2-83-856, depositions

    Perotti v. US Dept of Justice, 1-89-844, motions

    Perotti et al v. Wilkinson et al, 5:92-CV-0491 (1 of 5)

    Perotti et al v. Wilkinson et al, 5:92-CV-0491 (2 of 5)

    Perotti et al v. Wilkinson et al, 5:92-CV-0491 (3 of 5)

    Perotti et al v. Wilkinson et al, 5:92-CV-0491 (4 of 5)

    Perotti et al v. Wilkinson et al, 5:92-CV-0491 (5 of 5)

    Perotti et al v. Wilkinson et al, 5:92-CV-0491, exhibits (1 of 3)

    Perotti et al v. Wilkinson et al, 5:92-CV-0491, exhibits (2 of 3)

    Perotti et al v. Wilkinson et al, 5:92-CV-0491, exhibits (3 of 3)

    Perotti et al v. Wilkinson et al, 93-3630/3669

    Perotti v. Wilkinson, APA, 97-AP-203, motions

    Perotti v. Wilkinson, APA, 97-AP-203, intoxication defense

    Perotti v Wilkinson, APA, 97-AP-203, Retroactivity, AC Grounds

    Perotti v. Wilkinson, APA, 97-AP-203, Legislative Files

    Perotti v Wilkinson, APA 97-AP-203, Post-convict. Retroactivity

    Perotti v. Wilkinson, APA, 97-AP-2-3, related cases

    Perotti et al v. Wilson et al

Cases Filed Against Perotti

    Brooklyn, OH, v. Perotti, 82-CRA-211

    Ohio v. Perotti, 88-CR-262, transcript (1 of 2)

    Ohio v. Perotti, 88-CR-262, transcript (2 of 2)

    Ohio v. Perotti, 88-CR-262, transcript, misc.

    Ohio v. Perotti, 88-CR-262, transcript of proceedings, voir dire

    Ohio v. Perotti, 88-CR-262, Reference notes

    Ohio v. Perotti, 88-CR-262, motions (1 of 2)

    Ohio v. Perotti, 88-CR-262, motions (2 of 2)

    Ohio v. Perotti, CA 1564

    Ohio v. Perotti, CA1586

    Ohio v. Perotti, CR-85-317

    Ohio v. Perotti, 94-1595

Others Cases Relating to Perotti

    Benjamin v. Jacobson et al, 75-CIV-3073

    Dapice et al v Seiter et al, 1-86-1245

    Farmer v. Marshall, 1-84-1938

    Hampton v. Hobbs, 96-3524

    Hill v. Neal et al, 82-3817

    Knecht v. Voinovich, 1-92-189

    Kuala v. National Labor Relations Board, 86-4154

    Lagway v. Michael, (1 of 2)

    Lagway v. Michael, (2 of 2)

    Ledger v. Dept of Rehab, 91-05540/89-12330

    Ledger v. Horn et al, 1-89-163 (1 of 2)

    Ledger v. Horn et al, 1-89-163 (2 of 2)

    Ledger v. Horn et al, 91-3331

    Ledger v. Turkson et al, 1-89-153

    Martin v. Morris

    Miller v. Reno 94-0277

    Milner v. Wilson

    Ortiz v. Fairman et al, 88-CV-7509

    Price v. Craft et al, 1-85-1714

    Robinson v. Horn, 1-84-246

    Scott v. Smith, 2-90-740, correspondence

    Scott v. Smith, 2-90-740, depositions

    Scott v. Smith, 2-90-740, case file (1 of 2)

    Scott v. Smith, 2-90-740, case file (2 of 2)

    Scott v. Smith, 2-90-740, incident reports

    Swofford v. Carter et al, 1-88-225

    Wilkinson et al. v. Maurer et al, 91-CVH-01-763

    Wilson v. Seiter, 2-86-1046

    Wolfel v. FBI, 1-81-373

    Wolfel v. Holbrook, 1-82-463 (1 of 2)

    Wolfel v. Holbrook, 1-82-463 (2 of 2)

    Wolfel v. Marshall et al, 1-85-1155

Legal, Miscellaneous

    Miscellaneous cases (1 of 2)

    Miscellaneous cases (2 of 2)

    Miscellaneous case notes (1 of 2)

    Miscellaneous case notes (2 of 2)

    Medical Records, exhibits

    FBI files

    Blank Legal Forms

 

S6. Photographs

    photographs

 

 

Last Updated: 1/3/12