The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

HCB Attorneys Michael Condon and Tony Fioretti Win Summary Judgment for Nursing Director

February 20, 2019

The Honorable Colin S. Bruce in the Central District of Illinois granted summary judgment on a federal civil rights lawsuit in favor of the Nursing Director of the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department in Hamilton v. Harding Case No. 17-cv-2238 (C.D. Ill. February 11, 2019). Plaintiff, Carroll Hamilton a pre-trial detainee, alleged that his medical condition…

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HCB Attorneys Michael Condon and Tony Fioretti Vindicate County Correctional Officers at Trial

February 20, 2019

A jury in the Central District of Illinois found in favor of three Kankakee County correctional officers, a corrections corporal, and a nurse in McKinstry v. Austin, et al. Case No. 16-cv-02336 (C.D. Ill. February 14, 2019). Plaintiff, Jamicquin McKinstry a pre-trial detainee at the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee, Illinois alleged that the…

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Third-District Appellate Court affirms dismissal of criminal defendant’s FOIA request.

January 16, 2019

Plaintiff Darius Turner submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the Joliet Police Department seeking records relating to his arrest during the pendency of his criminal proceedings arising from that arrest. Joliet granted his request in part, redacting portions of the records pursuant to certain exemptions under FOIA. Turner filed suit,…

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Court Denies Qualified Immunity in Police Shooting Case

January 16, 2019

Strand v. Minchuk, 908 F.3d 300 (7th Cir. 2018) This case involves the denial of qualified immunity in a police shooting case. According to the plaintiff’s version, which the court accepted for purpose of summary judgment, the plaintiff was unhappy about receiving parking tickets and began taking photos on his cell phone of the area…

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Seventh Circuit Grants Police Officer Qualified Immunity for Taser Use on Active Resister

December 21, 2018

Plaintiff Patrick Dockery filed suit against two City of Joliet police officers after he was tased four times during his booking on charges of trespass and criminal damage to property. Two videos were entered into evidence: the security camera footage from the booking room and the Taser’s camera’s black-and-white footage and audio. Summary judgment was denied…

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