Michael Bersani and Anthony Becknek presented training for the Melrose Park Police Department and Tokio Marine – Public Risk Group on Harassment-Free & Diversity Workplace Awareness Training for Supervisors on October 6, 2016.
Harassment-Free & Diversity Workplace Awareness Training for Supervisors 10.2016
Chuck Hervas and Yordana Wysocki presented a seminar on Religious Rights in Jails: Defending Correctional Staff Under RLUIPA at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Civil Law Conference for Illinois State’s Attorneys on September 30, 2016.
Religious Rights and RLUIPA in Jail 9 30 2016
Federal Central District Judge Colin Bruce granted summary judgment in favor of correctional staff in Vazquez v. Wilson, et al., No. 14-2300 (C.D. Aug. 11, 2016). A jail inmate alleged that the jail nurse and correctional officer were deliberately indifferent to his medical needs following the removal of his wisdom tooth. He alleged that he did not receive the prescribed antibiotics for 56 hours following his oral surgery and that the officer refused to take him to the ER for further treatment several days later. The Court found no deliberate indifference in the 56-hour delay of prescription antibiotics and found no evidence that the officer ignored or interfered with the prescribed treatment or that the inmate demonstrated any objective conditions that would suggest he faced a life-threatening situation when he demanded to go to the ER. Thus, no constitutional violation occurred. Michael Condon and Anthony Becknek represented the defendant correctional staff.
Vazquez v. Wilson, et al.
In Briseno v. Bukowski, et al., No. 14-2263 (C.D. Aug. 17, 2016), the District Court granted summary judgment in favor of the Sheriff and jail correctional staff, finding that the inmate failed to exhaust his administrative remedies under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA). The inmate was unable to demonstrate that he filed timely grievances with the correctional staff. The Court held a hearing pursuant to Pavey v. Conley, 544 F.3d 739 (7th Cir. 2008), and took evidence including the inmate’s testimony. The Court did not find the inmate’s testimony credible and entered judgment for the Defendants. Michael Condon and Anthony Becknek represented the defendant correctional staff.
Briseno v. Bukowski, et al.
Anthony Becknek is moderating a civil rights seminar/committee meeting on Prison Litigation for the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association on September 21, 2016, from 12:00-2:00 at the CBA Building. Jason Rose will be presenting on the defense bar panel.
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