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Case Name Mitchell v. Aluisi JC-MD-0015
Docket / Court 87-7775 ( D. Md. )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
This case was filed in 1987 by the ALCU of Maryland on behalf of a detainee of the King George's County jail under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claiming violations of plaintiff's Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights. Plaintiff was arrested on for outstanding traffic violations. He had just been released ... read more >
This case was filed in 1987 by the ALCU of Maryland on behalf of a detainee of the King George's County jail under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claiming violations of plaintiff's Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights. Plaintiff was arrested on for outstanding traffic violations. He had just been released from the hospital. The plaintiff had a history of hypertension. While plaintiff was in lockup, awaiting discharge (because the warrant had been recalled), he suffered a hypertensive episode because his medication had been confiscated. The plaintiff required eight days hospitalization.

The United States Dictrict Court for the District of Maryland (Judge Joseph Howard) granted summary judgment for the Defendants on all claims. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals (Judge Wilkinson) affirmed the district court's summary judgment except with regards to the question of whether or not the jail had adequately trained its staff to administer medical care under the deliberate indifference standard sufficient to establish Monell liability.

The case was remanded for consideration of the merits on these grounds, and was closed in 1991. We have no further information about this case.

Blase Kearney - 04/01/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Medical/Mental Health
Medication, administration of
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Prince George's County
Plaintiff Description An arrestee on a recalled bench warrant
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1989
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies After Decision: Implementation of Judicial Decrees in Correctional Settings
Written: Oct. 01, 1977
By: M. Kay Harris & Dudley P. Spiller (Temple University)
Citation: (1977)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Opinion 04/21/1989 (872 F.2d 577)
JC-MD-0015-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | External Link | Detail
Judges Butzner, John Decker Jr. (E.D. Va., Fourth Circuit)
JC-MD-0015-0001
Phillips, James Dickson Jr. (Fourth Circuit)
JC-MD-0015-0001
Wilkinson, James Harvie III (Fourth Circuit)
JC-MD-0015-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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