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Case Name Eastman v. Sheridan County JC-NE-0005
Docket / Court 7:07-cv-05004-JFB-TDT ( D. Neb. )
State/Territory Nebraska
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On February 09, 2007, Plaintiff filed a civil action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Sheridan County and various individuals in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, 7 North Platte Division. Plaintiff is the personal representative of the estate of an inmate who committed ... read more >
On February 09, 2007, Plaintiff filed a civil action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Sheridan County and various individuals in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska, 7 North Platte Division. Plaintiff is the personal representative of the estate of an inmate who committed suicide while detained in the Sheridan County Jail. Plaintiff claimed that Defendants' negligent conduct deprived the deceased of rights, privileges and immunities secured by the U.S. Constitution. Particularly, Plaintiff claimed that the deceased was deprived of his constitutional liberty interest in due process, equal protection and bodily integrity and in freedom from excessive punishment and indifference to his medical needs. Plaintiff asked the court for both compensatory and punitive damages, attorney's fees, and other relief that the court might deem equitable and proper.

After a few rounds of dismissals and amendments, Plaintiff filed a fifth amended complaint on February 10, 2009, which became the surviving complaint of this action. In May 2010, right before the scheduled trial, the parties notified the court of a possible settlement and the scheduled trial was cancelled. On May 06, 2010, Plaintiff filed a motion to enforce settlement with the court. On May 07, 2010, the parties held a hearing before Magistrate Judge Thomas D. Thalken to resolve some disputes over the settlement agreement. A settlement agreement was finally reached. On September 15, 2010, the court granted Plaintiff's motion to dismiss, subject to the preservation of claims contained in the settlement agreement between the parties.

Although a copy of the settlement agreement is not immediately available, in an interview with the local press, the attorney for the plaintiff detailed its terms. Defendant agreed to pay $100,000.00 to the mother of the dead prisoner and to provide training in suicide prevention.

Xin Chen - 01/04/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Mental health care, general
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County of Sheridan
Sheridan County Agents and Employees
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff is the personal representative of the estate of an inmate who committed suicide while detained in the Sheridan County Jail.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2010
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)
7:07-cv-05004-JFB-TDT (D. Neb.) 09/15/2010
JC-NE-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 02/09/2007
JC-NE-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint 04/24/2007
JC-NE-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Complaint 10/22/2007
JC-NE-0005-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Fifth Amended Complaint 02/10/2009
JC-NE-0005-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiff's Motion to Enforce Settlement 05/06/2010
JC-NE-0005-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Brief in Support of Plaintiff's Motion to Enforce Settlement 05/07/2010
JC-NE-0005-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bataillon, Joseph F. (D. Neb.)
JC-NE-0005-9000
Thalken, Thomas D. (D. Neb.) [Magistrate]
JC-NE-0005-9000 | JC-NE-0005-9000 | JC-NE-0005-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Chaloupka, Maren L. (Nebraska)
JC-NE-0005-0001 | JC-NE-0005-0002 | JC-NE-0005-0003 | JC-NE-0005-0004 | JC-NE-0005-0005 | JC-NE-0005-0006 | JC-NE-0005-9000
Zephier, Robin L. (South Dakota)
JC-NE-0005-0001 | JC-NE-0005-0002 | JC-NE-0005-0003 | JC-NE-0005-0005 | JC-NE-0005-0006 | JC-NE-0005-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cecava, Kristine R. (Nebraska)
JC-NE-0005-9000
Javoronok, Michael J. (Nebraska)
JC-NE-0005-9000
Neilan, Monte L. (Nebraska)
JC-NE-0005-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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