The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Court grants summary judgment for defendants in Lipsey v. U.S.A., et al. 

December 13, 2016

Summary judgment was granted in favor of the Sheriff, the Chief of Corrections and jail staff in Lipsey v. U.S.A., et al., No. 12-cv-2100 (C.D. Ill. Dec. 12, 2016). The case was brought by a disabled minor, J.L., who was injured when her mother delivered while in federal custody at the Jerome Combs Detention Center…

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Court Grants Summary Judgement in Favor of Jail Staff Concerning Inmate’s Diabetic Care

November 8, 2016

Summary judgment was granted in favor of correctional officers, jail administrative staff, and the jail medical staff  in Harris  v. Senesac, et al., No. 15-cv-02067-SLD. The jail inmate, Spencer Harris, alleged that the jail staff acted deliberately indifferent towards his Type-2 Diabetes. The inmate also claimed that his conditions of confinement were constitutionally inadequate. Specifically, Harris…

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Juveniles May Not Be Shackled During Court Proceedings

November 8, 2016

On October 6, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court amended its rules to add Rule 943 prohibiting the shackling of juveniles during delinquency proceedings absent a court order. The Rule effectively prohibits the handcuffing, shackling, or restraint of minors “during court proceedings.”  Juveniles cannot be restrained while in court, absent an order following a hearing on whether…

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Seventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgement for Officers in Prison Rape Case

November 8, 2016

In Ramos v. Hamblin (7th Cir. 2016), the Seventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of an inmate’s suit alleging claims of failure to protect under the Eighth Amendment. The inmate claimed that he was perceived by inmates and jail staff to be homosexual and that the jail staff failed to protect him from rape by his cellmate, a…

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Illinois Supreme Court Denies Officer’s Petition for Leave to Appeal in PSEBA Case

October 12, 2016

David Hancock, a former police officer employed by the Village of Itasca who suffered a line-of-duty injury sought declaratory judgment that the Village was obligated, pursuant to Section 10(a) of the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (PSEBA), 820 ILCS 320/10(a), to pay the entire premium for his coverage under the Village’s health insurance plan. The trial…

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