The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Court Rules That Correctional Officer Did Not Violate Inmate’s Constitutional Right by Providing Him With A Dirty Razor When There Were Alternatives Available

May 8, 2018

Judge Sara Darrow of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of a correctional officer at a county jail in Johnson v. Roberts, No. 16-2369.  Inmate Henry Johnson claimed that his constitutional rights were violated when the officer allegedly provided him with a “dirty” electric razor, resulting…

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City of Danville Must Comply With FOIA Request Related to Housing Task Force

May 8, 2018

On April 25, 2018, the Fourth District Illinois Appellate Court decided City of Danville v. Madigan, 2018 IL App (4th) 170182 (April 25, 2018), a case regarding a City’s possession of public records related to a community task force. In 2014, the City of Danville convened a “Housing Task Force” comprised of eighteen (18) constituents…

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DeKalb County Judge Dismisses Wrongful Death Suit Against Sheriff Regarding Detainee’s Drug Overdose Death Based Upon Tort Immunity Act

April 4, 2018

Judge William P. Brady in DeKalb County dismissed with prejudice the wrongful death and survival action brought by the Estate of Brandon Washington, regarding the overdose death of Brandon Washington in February 2016. In Sophia Thomas v. Sheriff Roger Scott, et al., Case No. 2017 L 8 (DeKalb Co. Cir. Ct. March 26, 2018), Judge…

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Illinois Appellate Courts Issue Two New FOIA Opinions  

April 4, 2018

Cook County State’s Attorney Need Not Compile “Stingray” Data Based Upon FOIA Request On March 12, 2018, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, recently upheld the general rule that a public body does not have to create records it does not ordinarily keep in response to a general request for data or statistics. In Martinez…

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Use of Deadly Force In Response To Gun Pointed At Officer Ruled Not Excessive

March 21, 2018

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held than an Indianapolis SWAT officer did not violate the Fourth Amendment in a fatal shooting case. In so doing, the court reiterated two key principles for judging such cases and reversed a lower court for overlooking those principles. First, a fact cannot be “disputed” merely on a…

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