Brantley v. DeKalb County

July 7, 2016

Father of deceased 19-year-old daughter sued jail officials for failing to prevent daughter’s suicide by hanging in county jail. The decedent was not immediately screened for suicide and was temporarily detained in visitation room where she hung herself on a phone cord. The defendants moved for summary judgment based on the argument that they did not know the decedent was suicidal and did not act deliberately indifferent with regard to her safety. A federal judge in Rockford granted summary judgment for the defendants. Mike Bersani represented the county and jail officials. Brantley v. DeKalb County, 10 CV 50075 (N.D. Ill. Nov. 8, 2011). Click to read more.