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Case Name Shreve v. Franklin County, Ohio JC-OH-0016
Docket / Court 2:10-cv-644 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On July 16, 2010, this jail conditions case was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio by arrestees/inmates held in Franklin County Ohio Corrections Centers. The plaintiffs, represented by Ohio Legal Rights Service, challenged the excessive use of force by ... read more >
On July 16, 2010, this jail conditions case was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio by arrestees/inmates held in Franklin County Ohio Corrections Centers. The plaintiffs, represented by Ohio Legal Rights Service, challenged the excessive use of force by deputies at the Corrections Centers. The plaintiffs brought claims under 42 U.S.C. §1983 and alleged that corrections deputies routinely used tasers to inflict pain, fear, corporal punishment and humiliation in violation of the arrestees' Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief and money damages.

On December 14, 2010, the court (Judge Edmund A. Sargus) granted plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification and permitted the United States Department of Justice to intervene as a full party. Shreve v. Franklin Cnty., Ohio, 2:10-cv-644, 2010 WL 5173162 (S.D. Ohio 2010) The court provisionally certified a class consisting of "all persons who, now or at any future time during the pendency of this litigation, are or will be placed in the custody of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department at the Franklin County Corrections Centers."

On January 25, 2011, the court (Judge Sargus) permitted the intervention of the Fraternal Order of the Police, Capital City Lodge No. 9, which is the collective bargaining representative of the Franklin County Deputy Sheriffs. Shreve v. Franklin Cnty., Ohio, 2:10-cv-644, 2011 WL 250407 (S.D. Ohio 2011).

On February 4, 2011 the Plaintiffs and the United States Department of Justice agreed to settlement agreements with the Franklin County Sheriff's Office. The terms of both settlements require the Franklin County Sheriff's Office to develop a revised policy that sets forth clear constitutional standards on the appropriate use of a Taser, provide additional training in accordance with the revised policy, develop improved accountability processes to review the use of Tasers, and provide to Ohio Legal Rights Services and the United States Department of Justice policies, training materials and records regarding Taser use. The court (Judge Sargus) approved the settlement agreement between the United States Department of Justice and the defendants the same day.

On March 10, 2011 the court (Judge Sargus) approved the plaintiff's and defendant's settlement agreement and conditionally dismissed the plaintiff's complaint subject to the defendants achieving substantial compliance with the terms of the agreement.

Joe Reiter - 03/22/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Franklin County, Ohio
Plaintiff Description The plaintiffs were incarcerated at Franklin County Corrections Centers and were subjected to excessive force from sheriffs deputies with tasers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
NDRN/Protection & Advocacy Organizations
U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2011 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
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Docket(s)
2:10−cv−00644 (S.D. Ohio) 03/10/2011
JC-OH-0016-9001 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT OF THE COUNTY DEFENDANTS 10/26/2010
JC-OH-0016-0007 PDF | Detail
Opinion and Order (certifying class and granting DOJ Motion to Intervene) 12/14/2010 (2010 WL 5173162 / 2010 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 131911) (S.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Individual Complaint for Damages and Second Amended Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 12/15/2010
JC-OH-0016-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
OPINION AND ORDER 01/25/2011 (2011 WL 250407 / 2011 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 6833) (S.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-0009 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
AGREEMENT BETWEEN PLAINTIFFS AND DEFENDANTS 02/04/2011
JC-OH-0016-0004 PDF | Detail
AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND THE SHERIFF OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, OHIO 02/04/2011
JC-OH-0016-0005 PDF | Detail
ORDER 02/04/2011 (S.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-0008 PDF | Detail
ORDER 03/10/2011 (S.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-0006 PDF | Detail
Judges Abel, Mark R. (S.D. Ohio) [Magistrate]
JC-OH-0016-9001
Sargus, Edmund A. Jr. (S.D. Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-0001 | JC-OH-0016-0006 | JC-OH-0016-0008 | JC-OH-0016-0009 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bagenstos, Samuel R. (District of Columbia)
JC-OH-0016-0005
D'Alessandro, Mark Thomas (Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-9001
Dean, Kerry Krentler (District of Columbia)
JC-OH-0016-0005 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Fleisher, Aaron S (District of Columbia)
JC-OH-0016-0005 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Gregg, Tammie (District of Columbia)
JC-OH-0016-0005 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Gzifa, Anika (District of Columbia)
JC-OH-0016-0005 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Henry, Kristen N. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-0003 | JC-OH-0016-0004 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Leung, Michelle (District of Columbia)
JC-OH-0016-9001
Myrthil, Marlysha (District of Columbia)
JC-OH-0016-0005 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Perez, Sergio (District of Columbia)
JC-OH-0016-0005 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
JC-OH-0016-0005
Perry, Jane P. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-0003 | JC-OH-0016-0004 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Sjoberg-Witt, Kerstin S. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-0003 | JC-OH-0016-0004 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
JC-OH-0016-0005
Stark, John J. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-9001
Trepel, Samantha Kay (District of Columbia)
JC-OH-0016-9001
Defendant's Lawyers Brave, Michael (Arizona)
JC-OH-0016-9001
Martin, Mary Jane (Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-0007 | JC-OH-0016-9001
O'Brien, Ronald Joseph (Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-0007 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Soulas, Nick A. Jr. (Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-0007 | JC-OH-0016-9001
Other Lawyers Carnahan, Russell Earl (Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-9001
Corl, Christina (Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-9001
James, Larry Holliday (Ohio)
JC-OH-0016-9001

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