The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Jail Inmate’s Suit Nixed by Federal Judge

February 21, 2020

In Mercado v. Livingston County, U.S. District Court Judge Bruce granted summary judgment to a Livingston County jail superintendent and correctional officer, as well as a jail nurse, in a suit brought by a pretrial detainee over the adequacy of medical care he received at the jail. The inmate claimed that his abdominal pain complaints…

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Court affirms the dismissal of inmate’s FOIA claims

February 21, 2020

The Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, affirmed the dismissal of an inmate’s claims under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) in favor of the Kankakee County Sheriff in Shehadeh v. Downey, 2020 IL App (3d) 170158-U. Plaintiff, Jamal Shehadeh, was a federal detainee housed at the Jerome Combs Detention Center (“JCDC”) in Kankakee County….

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Jury Returns Verdict for Sheriff’s Deputy in Excessive Force Case

December 19, 2019

Juries in law enforcement cases these days can be unpredictable. So ,when a jury returns a verdict in favor of a cop in an excessive force case, it is cause for celebration. On December 17, 2019, a federal jury in Rockford found that a DeKalb County Deputy Sheriff did not use excessive force against a jail…

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County’s Financial Resource Director Cannot Maintain State Court Suit for Her Termination From Employment

December 19, 2019

We have twice previously wrote about the litigation between the former Vermilion County Financial Resource Director Nikki Bogart and the Vermilion County Board Chairman and County when the defendants won summary judgment and the appeal. Bogart originally filed suit in federal court alleging First Amendment and Equal Protection claims arising from her termination from employment…

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Seventh Circuit Grants Qualified Immunity to Officer in Use of Force Claim

December 19, 2019

The Seventh Circuit in Johnson v. Rogers, No. 19-1366 (7th Cir. 2019), recently held that a police officer’s use of force was a reasonable attempt to gain control, even though it resulted in a serious injury. After arrest, the plaintiff told police that he would run away. He was handcuffed and sat on the pavement….

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