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John W. Perotti Papers, 1979-1999

MSS-132

Size: 24 linear feet

Provenance: received from John W. Perotti

Access: open

Collection Summary: Papers consist of legal materials, correspondence (both personal and legal), notes, and photographs. These papers also include information relating to his experiences in prison as well as those of his fellow inmates.

 

Subjects: Crime and Criminals

 

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; last updated: July 2014


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.

Folder List

Box

Folder

Description

 

S1. Correspondence

1

1

    To Perotti, No name

2

    To Perotti, Initials only

3

    To Perotti, First name, nickname only

4

    To Perotti, A-K

5

    To Perotti, L-Z

6

    From Perotti, first name only

7

    From Perotti, A-K

8

    From Perotti, L-Z

9

    Bruce

10

    Gracely (Baby Girl)

11

    Mona

12

    Allyn, William H

13

    Brumfield, Paul

14

    CIA

15

    Carpenter, Barry

16

    Carro, Dean J.

17

    Clark, Sonya K.

18

    Clerk of Courts

19

    Dallman, William

20

    Dapice, John

21

    Day, Michael

22

    Hetherington, Sister Evelyn

23

    Incendiary Publications

24

    Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review

25

    Johnson, Mary E, Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney

26

    Kilroy, Mary Jo

27

    Klees, Pat

28

    Liesure, Linda

29

    Lynd, Staughton and Alice

30

    Martin, William

31

    Maynard, Rosina

32

    Ohio Department of Rehabilitation

33

    Perotti, Joan

34

    Poley, John D.

35

    Pope, Shirley

36

    Poulus, Paul and Rochelle

37

    Pierola, Albert

38

    Reichel, Timothy

39

    Renner, Richard

 

40

    Sapp, Sharon

41

    Shawnee State University

42

    Skaggs, Roy

43

    Slaton, D.E. (Reuben)

44

    Spiegal, Judge Arthur

45

    Stokes, Louis

46

    Swofford, Eric

47

    US. Department of Justice

48

    Wescott, Juanita

49

    White, Michael T.

50

    Wilkinson, Reginald

51

    Wolfel, Dennis

52

    Saved envelopes

S2. Scrapbooks and Notebooks

53

    Appointment book 1984

54

    Appointment book 1986

2

1

    Appointment book 1987

2

    Appointment book 1988-89

3

    Appointment book 1991

4

    Legal Notebook #1 (1 of 2)

5

    Legal Notebook #1 (2 of 2)

6

    Legal Notebook #2 (1 of 3)

7

    Legal Notebook #2 (2 of 3)

8

    Legal Notebook #2 (3 of 3)

9

    Legal Notebook # 3 (1 of 2)

10

    Legal Notebook # 3 (2 of 2)

11

    Legal Notebook # 4

12

    Legal Notebook # 5

3

1

    Legal Notebook # 6

2

    Legal Notebook # 7

3

    Institutional Policy and Procedure Notebook (1 of 4)

4

    Institutional Policy and Procedure Notebook (2 of 4)

5

    Institutional Policy and Procedure Notebook (3 of 4)

6

    Institutional Policy and Procedure Notebook (4 of 4)

7

    Paralegal Institute Notebook (1 of 5)

8

    Paralegal Institute Notebook (2 of 5)

9

    Paralegal Institute Notebook (3 of 5)

10

    Paralegal Institute Notebook (4 of 5)

11

    Paralegal Institute Notebook (5 of 5)

S3. Printed Material

4

1

    Alternative to Imprisonment

2

    Amnesty International

3

    Bayou La Rose

4

    Breaking Men's Minds

5

    Coalition for Prisoners' Rights

6

    Counter Information

7

    Discussion Bulletin

8

    Federal Litigator

9

    Fifth Estate

10

    Green Anarchist

11

    Gorilla Law

12

    Journal, National Prison Project

13

    La Lotta de Classe

14

    Love and Rage

15

    Lucis Publishing

16

    The Myth of Humane Imprisonment

17

    National Law Journal

18

    Prison Legal News

19

    Prison Ministry

20

    Poems/Literature

21

    Redbook Store

22

    Red Dragon

23

    Resistance

24

    Revolutionary Worker

25

    The Sedition Committee

26

    SOCF Newsletter

27

    Social Anarchism

28

    The State Adversary

29

    Talks and Tales Monthly

30

    The Thought

31

    Toronto Anarchist Black Cross

32

    Tribunal Reflections

33

    United Nations Publications

34

    The Writing of Bobby Sands

35

    Newspaper Clippings

36

    Miscellaneous (1 of 2)

37

    Miscellaneous (2 of 2)

S4. Issues

5

1

    AC Materials

2

    AC Placement

3

    Access to Materials

4

    Appeal to RIB Hearing, 1991

5

    Appeal to RIB Hearing, 1992

6

    Chandler #180-951

7

    Clemency Application

8

    Confiscation of Property

9

    Commissary

10

    Contraband

11

    Grievances/ Complaints (1 of 4)

12

    Grievances/ Complaints (2 of 4)

13

    Grievances/ Complaints (3 of 4)

14

    Grievances/ Complaints (4 of 4)

15

    Human Rights Violations

16

    Indictments and Past Convictions (1 of 2)

17

    Indictments and Past Convictions (2 of 2)

18

    IWW, Correspondence

19

    IWW, Dues

20

    IWW, SOCF Papers

21

    IWW, Printed Materials (1 of 2)

6

1

    IWW, Printed Materials (2 of 2)

2

    Kites

3

    Level 3

4

    Mail (1 of 2)

5

    Mail (2 of 2)

6

    Mansfield Rules

7

    Medication

8

    Parole Board

9

    Power of Attorney, Living Will

10

    Stolen Magazines

11

    Transfer

12

    Visitors

13

    Work Programs

   

S5. Legal

Cases Filed by Perotti

14

    Perotti v. Baker, 4:94CV231 Volume I

15

    Perotti v. Baker, 4:94CV231 Volume II

16

    Perotti v. Baker, 4:94CV231, motions

17

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

18

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

19

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

20

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

21

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

7

1

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

2

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

3

    Perotti v. Chauboudy, CIV-85-419

4

    Perotti v. Collins, 95-129, motions

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

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

12

    Perotti v. Dept. of Rehab, 84-07826

13

    Perotti v. Dept. of Rehab, 85-08681

14

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

15

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

16

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

8

1

    Servizi v Dept. of Rehab, 87-03481

2

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

3

    Perotti v. Dept of Rehab, 91-02397

4

    Perotti v. Dept of Rehab, Miscellaneous

5

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

6

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

7

    Perotti v. Lane, 83-CI-5-2980

8

    Perotti v. Marshall and Mullins, 85-258

9

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

10

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

11

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

12

    Perotti v. Morris et al, 88-6949

13

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

14

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

15

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

16

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

17

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

18

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

   

9

1

    Perotti v. Morris et al, 90-3545

2

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

3

    Perotti v. Rubin, 85-8327

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

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

12

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

13

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

14

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

15

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

16

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

17

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

18

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

19

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

10

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

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

12

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

13

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

14

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

15

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

16

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

11

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

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

12

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

13

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

14

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

15

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 83-3542

16

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 86-3592

17

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

18

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 87-3533

19

    Perotti v. Seiter et al, 87-4089

20

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

21

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

12

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

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

12

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

13

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

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

10

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

11

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

12

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

13

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

14

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

15

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

16

    Perotti et al v. Wilson et al

Cases Filed Against Perotti

14

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

5

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

6

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

7

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

8

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

9

    Ohio v. Perotti, CA 1564

10

    Ohio v. Perotti, CA1586

11

    Ohio v. Perotti, CR-85-317

12

    Ohio v. Perotti, 94-1595

Others Cases Relating to Perotti

13

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

14

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

15

    Farmer v. Marshall, 1-84-1938

16

    Hampton v. Hobbs, 96-3524

17

    Hill v. Neal et al, 82-3817

18

    Knecht v. Voinovich, 1-92-189

19

    Kuala v. National Labor Relations Board, 86-4154

20

    Lagway v. Michael, (1 of 2)

21

    Lagway v. Michael, (2 of 2)

15

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

    Ledger v. Horn et al, 91-3331

5

    Ledger v. Turkson et al, 1-89-153

6

    Martin v. Morris

7

    Miller v. Reno 94-0277

8

    Milner v. Wilson

9

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

10

    Price v. Craft et al, 1-85-1714

11

    Robinson v. Horn, 1-84-246

12

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

13

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

14

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

15

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

16

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

17

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

18

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

19

    Wilson v. Seiter, 2-86-1046

20

    Wolfel v. FBI, 1-81-373

21

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

22

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

23

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

Legal, Miscellaneous

16

1

    Miscellaneous cases (1 of 2)

2

    Miscellaneous cases (2 of 2)

3

    Miscellaneous case notes (1 of 2)

4

    Miscellaneous case notes (2 of 2)

5

    Medical Records, exhibits

6

    FBI files

7

    Blank Legal Forms

S6. Photographs

8

    photographs