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Court Grants Correctional Staff Summary Judgment on Inmate’s Medical Care and Kosher Diet Claims

September 25, 2018

In two recent decisions in the same case, Judge Colin Bruce ruled in favor of Kankakee County and various County officials, granting summary judgment against an inmate who was complaining about both a lack of medical attention and the County’s failure to provide him with kosher vegan meals. In the first decision in Armour v….

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Court Grants Defendants Summary Judgment on Jail Inmate’s Medical Care and Due Process Claims

September 11, 2018

The Honorable Sue E. Myerscough in the Central District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of the Chief of Corrections, the Physician’s Assistant, nurse, and three correctional officers of the Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department in Lopez v. Kolitwenzew, et al. Case No. 15-cv-2149 (C.D. Ill. August 30, 2018). Plaintiff, Jose Juan Urena Lopez, alleged…

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Seventh Circuit Rules that Pretrial Wrongful Detention Claim Accrues at the End of Detention

September 11, 2018

Previously, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Manuel v. City of Joliet, et al., No. 14-9496 (3/21/2017), that pretrial detainees may challenge the legality of their pretrial detentions under the Fourth Amendment after a probable cause determination has been made. The Supreme Court left unresolved the issue of whether Manuel’s claims were barred by the…

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Court Grants Defendants Summary Judgment on Inmate’s RLUIPA Claims

September 11, 2018

On September 4, 2018, Judge Colin Bruce granted summary judgment in favor of Kankakee County and jail officials in Thompson v. Bukowski, et. al., No. 16-2390 (C.D. Ill. 9/4/2018). In Thompson, a jail inmate had complained that the jail had not provided him and other Muslim inmates with religious services at the jail but that…

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Federal Appeals Court Redefines Standard for Section 1983 Jail Medical Care Claims

September 11, 2018

In Miranda v. County of Lake, No. 17-1603 (7th Cir. Aug. 10, 2018), the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals adopted a standard of “objective reasonableness” in assessing federal civil rights claims brought by pretrial detainees based on the adequacy of medical care in local jails.  The Eighth Amendment’s Cruel and Unusual Punishment Clause governs denial-of-medical-care claims…

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