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Case Name Doe v. Entrekin PN-AL-0003
Docket / Court 4:13-cv-01701-JHE ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Case Summary
On September 12, 2013, a juvenile sex offender and his parents filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Etowah County. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and both the national and local American Civil Liberties Union ... read more >
On September 12, 2013, a juvenile sex offender and his parents filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Etowah County. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and both the national and local American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), asked the court for both declaratory and injunctive relief. They alleged that the Sheriff's office and particular police officers violated their rights under the Fourth Amendment's guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures and the Fourteenth Amendment's protections for substantive due process and against deprivations of liberty without due process. Specifically, the plaintiffs objected to the Sheriff's Office's program of unannounced, random, and suspicion-less compliance investigations of every individual in the county who is subject to requirements of the Alabama Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act ("the Act"), Ala. Code § 15-20A-4(12).

The primary plaintiff, James Doe, was required to register as a juvenile under the Act. As part of the Sheriff's Office's program, uniformed officers, including defendants and other unidentified officers, conducted warrantless searches of the plaintiffs' home without consent at least nine times between April 2012 and August 2013.

This case is still in its earliest stages; only the complaint has been filed as of October 6, 2013.

Louisa Eberle - 10/06/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Pattern or Practice
Search policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Etowah County
Plaintiff Description Juvenile sex offender and his parents who object to the police's practice of random, suspicion-less searches of their home without consent.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Panopticism for Police: Structural Reform Bargaining and Police Regulation by Data-Driven Surveillance
By: Mary D. Fan (University of Washington)
Citation: Forthcoming, 87 Washington L. Rev. __ (2012).
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Written: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
4:13−cv−01701 (N.D. Ala.) 09/12/2013
PN-AL-0003-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 09/12/2013
PN-AL-0003-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges England, John H. Jr. Court not on record
PN-AL-0003-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Buskey, Brandon (New York)
PN-AL-0003-0001 | PN-AL-0003-9000
Edwards, Ezekiel (New York)
PN-AL-0003-0001 | PN-AL-0003-9000
Jaffe, Richard S (Alabama)
PN-AL-0003-0001 | PN-AL-0003-9000
Marshall, Randall C (Florida)
PN-AL-0003-0001 | PN-AL-0003-9000
Whisonant, Michael (Alabama)
PN-AL-0003-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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