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Case Name Webre v. Wilson JC-LA-0014
Docket / Court 2:94-cv-03494-HAM ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On September 8, 1982, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Duffy Breaux and Lafourche Parish entered into a consent decree regarding the conditions of the parish jail. When Sheriff Webre replaced Sheriff Breaux in July 1994, he stopped giving to ... read more >
On September 8, 1982, in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, Lafourche Parish Sheriff Duffy Breaux and Lafourche Parish entered into a consent decree regarding the conditions of the parish jail. When Sheriff Webre replaced Sheriff Breaux in July 1994, he stopped giving to the jail any of the sales tax money levied for law enforcement purposes.

On October 27, 1994, Sheriff Webre filed a mandamus action in the 17th Judicial District Court, Parish of Lafourche, Louisiana against the parish council and its president, Steven Wilson. The plaintiff asked the court to order the defendants to pay him $113,000 for expenses relating to the care of the parish prisoners, as required by Louisiana state law. See La.Rev.Stat. ann. ยงยง 15:703.

On February 17, 1995, the case was brought before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (Judge Henry Mentz), who denied the defendants' motion to transfer the case to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana and granted the plaintiff's motion to remand to the 17th Judicial District for the Parish of Lafourche, Lousiana for lack of jurisdiction. Webre v. Wilson, 1995 WL 66638 (E.D.La. Feb. 17, 1995). We have no further information on the proceedings in this case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/14/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Lafourche Parish
Plaintiff Description Lafourche Parish Sheriff seeking an order compelling the Parish of Lafourche to pay him for expenses relating to Parish prisoners' medical care, keeping and feeding, transportation, and compensation for attendance of court sessions
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1982 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1995
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)
94-3494 (E.D. La.) 02/17/1995
JC-LA-0014-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Order and Reasons 02/17/1995 (1995 WL 66638 / 1995 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 2216) (E.D. La.)
JC-LA-0014-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Judges Mentz, Henry Alvan Jr. (E.D. La.)
JC-LA-0014-0001 | JC-LA-0014-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Harang, Donald Francis Jr. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0014-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Akchin, Linda Sarradet (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0014-9000
Jarman, George William (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0014-9000
Lanier, John L. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0014-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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