The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Court Rules that Shooting by Romeoville Police Officer Was Reasonable

March 7, 2018

Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of a Romeoville police officer in Hinch v. O’Connor, No. 15-C-9316 (Feb. 15, 2018). Plaintiff Charles Hinch claimed that his Fourth Amendment rights were violated when Officer Michael O’Connor shot Plaintiff while he was operating…

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Plaintiffs Drop Claims Against Individual Defendants in Brown v. Cook County, et al.

February 7, 2018

Plaintiffs, female Cook County Assistant Public Defenders, filed suit in November 2017, against Cook County, its Sheriff Tom Dart and his office, and Plaintiffs’ employer, the Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli and her office, the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender. Plaintiffs alleged that the Sheriff and the Public Defender violated their…

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Court Finds No Deliberate Indifference In Delaying Inmate’s Forearm Surgery

February 6, 2018

Judge Eric I. Long in the Central District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of the former Sheriff and correctional staff at the County jail in Herndon v. Bukowski, et al. Case No. 16-CV-2148 (C.D. Ill. Jan. 26, 2018). Plaintiff Cauirece Herndon, a pre-trial detainee, alleged that medical staff and administration were deliberately indifferent…

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Defendant City Wins Summary Judgment in FOIA Case

February 6, 2018

In Hosey v. City of Joliet, No. 17-MR-1334 (Will County), Plaintiff Joseph Hosey, a reporter, submitted a request to the City of Joliet under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) for copies of videotaped interrogations of four criminal defendants involved in a 2013 double homicide. The City denied his request, and the Illinois Attorney General…

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District Court Grants Summary Judgment in Nurses’ Favor on Inmate’s Claims of Sporadic Headaches and Blurry Vision

January 17, 2018

Judge Sara Darrow in the Central District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of two nurses at the Vermilion County Jail in Danville, Illinois in Johnson v. Galloway, et al. Case No. 16-CV-02096 (C.D. Ill. Jan. 8, 2018). Plaintiff, a pre-trial detainee, alleged that two nurses at the Vermilion County Jail were deliberately indifferent…

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