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Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
No-show Cops and Dysfunctional Courts Keep Cook County Jail Prisoners Waiting Years for a Trial by Spencer Woodman by Spencer Woodman, Chicago Reader June 25, 2012, was a terrible day for Jermaine Robinson. Overall, life was good – the 21-year-old Washington Park resident had been studying music management at Columbia ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Seventh Circuit Reinstates Prisoner’s Lawsuit, Rejects District Court’s IFP Concerns by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Rahim McWilliams, an Illinois state prisoner, injured his hand in a fall and filed a claim in federal court for damages, claiming lack of proper medical treatment and permanent disfigurement. He alleged he was ...
Article • October 10, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Seventh Circuit Upholds Jury Award for Illinois Prisoner Beaten by Guards by Derek Gilna by Derek Gilna Charles Murphy, an Illinois state prisoner housed at the Vandalia Correctional Center, raised the ire of several guards on July 25, 2011 when he refused to eat at a dining hall table and ...
Article • October 9, 2017 • from PLN October, 2017
Filed under: Sanitation, Vermin
Seventh Circuit: Rodent Infestation Claims Survive Summary Judgment by The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that an Illinois prisoner’s claims regarding a rodent infestation were prematurely dismissed because he presented triable issues of fact for a jury. Illinois state prisoner Marcos Gray was confined at the Stateville Correctional Center ...
Article • September 13, 2017
Dismissal of Ill. Prisoner's Dental Care Lawsuit Affirmed By Seventh Circuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On February 15, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit decided that a lower court's dismissal of Illinois state prisoner's lawsuit against a private medical contractor and a prison dentist ...
Article • September 7, 2017
Filed under: Contractor Misconduct
Red-Light Camera Company to Pay $20 Million Settlement to City of Chicago to Settle Fraud and Bribery Lawsuit by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc., a red-light camera company located in Australia, agreed on February 3, 2017, to pay the city of Chicago $20 million to settle ...
Article • September 1, 2017
Federal Judge: Chicago Guilty of 'Bad Faith' for Refusing to Provide Documents in Police Shooting Case, Cites Ongoing Pattern of Conduct by City by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In a sternly-worded 24-page order dated January 3, 2017, U.S. District Judge Joan B. Gottschall of the U.S. District Court for ...
Article • August 31, 2017
Illinois Court Allows Medical Indifference Case to Proceed to Trial, Denies Summary Judgment to Prison Officials for Prisoner's Tooth Pain by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton In a Memorandum and Order dated November 7, 2016, U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen C. Williams of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District ...
Article • August 30, 2017 • from PLN September, 2017
Seventh Circuit Vacates Summary Judgment in Retaliatory Discipline Case by The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed summary judgment for the defendants on a prisoner’s retaliatory discipline claim, finding the district court erred in failing to compel prison officials to produce a security video which would have been dispositive evidence. ...
Article • August 4, 2017
Filed under: Transportation, Restraints
$500,000 Settlement for Shackled IL Man Thrown from County Jail Transport Van by Joe Watson by Joe Watson A man who was shackled, handcuffed, and in custody when he was thrown out of a moving, Jefferson County, Illinois transport van was awarded $500,000 in July 2008 after his estate settled ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$255,000 Jury Award for Man Beaten by IL Jail Guards After Judge Grants Remittitur by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Donald Martin, Jr., had been awarded $780,000 in compensatory and punitive damages by a federal jury in July 2008 after he’d sued Cook County, Ill., Sheriff Michael Sheahan and the ...
Article • August 4, 2017
$2,500 Settlement for Chicago Man Injured by Tight Shackles by Joe Watson by Joe Watson Markus Durden-Bey accepted a $2,500 settlement from the City of Chicago in July 2008 after alleging that, during his arrest by Chicago Police for drug possession on Feb. 20, 2007, he suffered numbness, swelling, and ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Seventh Circuit: Two-month Delay in Ordering Biopsy Not Deliberate Indifference by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled on October 12, 2016 that a two-month delay in ordering a biopsy of a prisoner’s potentially cancerous masses did not constitute deliberate indifference to his ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Seventh Circuit: Medical Deliberate Indifference Case Remanded, Loses at Trial by Christopher Zoukis by Christopher Zoukis In August 2015, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of prison officials accused of being deliberately indifferent to a prisoner’s serious medical needs, and ...
Article • July 28, 2017 • from PLN August, 2017
Illinois: Prison Guards Sued for Fatally Beating, Suffocating Prisoner by Lonnie Burton by Lonnie Burton On October 4, 2015, Illinois State prison guards identified only as officers Boland, Bufford and Deal beat prisoner Terrance Jenkins to death at the Pontiac Correctional Center while he was restrained, and suffocated him by ...
Illinois Prisoner Fatally Shot after Standoff; Hostages File Lawsuit by On May 13, 2017, police shot and killed Kane County jail prisoner Tywon M. Salters at the Delnor Hospital in Geneva after he took first one and then another nurse hostage while recovering from surgery. The nurses filed suit against ...
Brief • July 20, 2017
Herman v. Owney, IL, Complaint, Wrongful Incarceration Rape, 2015 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT, LAW DIVISION -- ,_.;, JOHN HERMAN, Plaintiff, v. APRIL M. OWNEY, 'Defendant ) ) ) ) ) ) ) c::> -n No.: f'"l \..J 201.sL001m5 CALEND,AR/~-OOM C. DEBBOLI and complaining of ...
Brief • July 12, 2017
Payne v. County of Cook, IL, Amended Complaint, Illegal Police Search, 2016 Case: 1:15-cv-03154 Document #: 120 Filed: 04/12/16 Page 1 of 49 PageID #:782 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION ORANGELO PAYNE, Plaintiff v. ) ) ) ) COUNTY OF COOK, ...
Brief • July 12, 2017
Payne v. County of Cook, IL, Judgment, Illegal Police Search, 2016 1:15-cv-03154 ILND 450 (Rev.Case: 10/13) Judgment in a Civil ActionDocument #: 155 Filed: 12/09/16 Page 1 of 1 PageID #:1075 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS Orangelo Payne, Plaintiff(s), Case No. 15 cv ...
Brief • July 12, 2017
Lipford v. City of Chicago, IL, Amended Complaint, Illegal Police Search, 2016 Case: 1:15-cv-06988 Document #: 45 Filed: 01/21/16 Page 1 of 8 PageID #:172 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION MICHAEL LIPFORD, Plaintiff, v. 15 CV 6988 CITY OF CHICAGO, G. ...
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