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Case Name Lewis v. Parish of Terrebonne JC-LA-0015
Docket / Court 86-2315 ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
The wife and children of David Lewis, an inmate who committed suicide while in solitary confinement at the Terrebonne Parish Jail, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the parish in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs allege that Lewis's ... read more >
The wife and children of David Lewis, an inmate who committed suicide while in solitary confinement at the Terrebonne Parish Jail, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the parish in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs allege that Lewis's constitutional rights were violated by the jail's deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs.

Following a jury trial, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (Judge Peter Beer) entered judgment in favor of the plaintiffs, but awarded only punitive damages of $6,279 (funeral costs). Both parties appealed this decision.

On February 12, 1990, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Judge F.A. Little) held that the jury verdict was unsupported by the evidence and remanded the case to the district court for determination as to damages suffered by the inmate immediately prior to death. Lewis v. Parish of Terrebonne, 894 F.2d 142 (5th Cir. 1990). We have no further information on the proceedings of this case.

Kristen Sagar - 03/14/2006


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Administrative segregation
Disciplinary segregation
Personal injury
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Terrebonne Parish
Plaintiff Description Widow and children of inmate who committed suicide while placed in solitary confinement
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
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1990 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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
Reported Opinion 02/12/1990 (894 F.2d 142)
JC-LA-0015-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Little, F. A. Jr. (W.D. La.)
JC-LA-0015-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ethridge, Samuel W. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0015-0001
Vallot, Stephen V. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0015-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Hermann, Jerry L. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0015-0001
Rausch, Joseph W. (Louisiana)
JC-LA-0015-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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