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Case Name Goodman v. St. Paul PN-MN-0002
Docket / Court 10-cv-1966-SRN-AJB ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization Center for Constitutional Rights
Case Summary
On May 5, 2010, three journalists who were arrested during the 2008 National Republican Convention filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota against the cities of St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Woodbury, as well as several police officers and officials.  The plaintiffs, ... read more >
On May 5, 2010, three journalists who were arrested during the 2008 National Republican Convention filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota against the cities of St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Woodbury, as well as several police officers and officials.  The plaintiffs, represented by private and public interest firms, including the Center for Constitutional Rights, brought claims under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, the Federal Tort Claims Act, and state law, and asked the court for injunctive relief, a declaration of fault, and damages. Plaintiffs claimed defendants violated freedom of the press, committed unlawful searches and seizures, and engaged in common law false arrest, assault, and negligence.

Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed their arrest and detention, while documenting public protests and police activity in their capacity as members of the press, were without probable cause and were conducted with excessive force.  

On October 7, 2010, plaintiffs amended their complaint to name previously unnamed individual defendants.

On November 8, 2010, defendant John Doe, an unidentified Secret Service Agent, filed a motion to dismiss based on qualified immunity.  On May 31, 2011, the District Court (Judge Susan R. Nelson) denied the motion in part and delayed ruling in part to allow for discovery.

The parties reached a settlement on September 29, 2011.  The settlement is confidential and under seal.  The parties jointly filed a Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice on January 19, 2012, and on January 24, 2012, the Court approved the settlement terms and dismissed the action with prejudice.

David Postel - 10/20/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Confinement/isolation
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
False arrest
Over/Unlawful Detention
Personal injury
Search policies
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. § 2674
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) City of Minneapolis
City of St. Paul
City of Woodbury
Ramsey County
United States of America
Plaintiff Description Three journalists arrested in Minneapolis, where they were reporting on the 2008 Republican National Convention.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Center for Constitutional Rights
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PN-MN-0001 : Bernini v. City of St. Paul (D. Minn.)
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)
0:10-cv-01966 (D. Minn.) 05/16/2013
PN-MN-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 05/05/2010
PN-MN-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 10/07/2010
PN-MN-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Dismissal with Prejudice 01/19/2012
PN-MN-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Nelson, Susan Richard (D. Minn.) [Magistrate]
PN-MN-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Agathocleous, Alexis (New York)
PN-MN-0002-0001 | PN-MN-0002-0002 | PN-MN-0002-9000
Azmy, Baher (New York)
PN-MN-0002-9000
Di Guglielmo, Christine T. (Delaware)
PN-MN-0002-0002 | PN-MN-0002-9000
Goins, Albert T. Sr. (Minnesota)
PN-MN-0002-0002 | PN-MN-0002-0003 | PN-MN-0002-9000
Khachaturian, Serj A. (New York)
PN-MN-0002-9000
Le, Kathy (New York)
PN-MN-0002-0002
Levine, Alexander O. (District of Columbia)
PN-MN-0002-9000
Nestor, Bruce Douglas (Minnesota)
PN-MN-0002-0001 | PN-MN-0002-0002 | PN-MN-0002-9000
Oliver, Jennifer M. (New York)
PN-MN-0002-9000
Quigley, William (New York)
PN-MN-0002-0001 | PN-MN-0002-0002 | PN-MN-0002-9000
Reiss, Steven A. (New York)
PN-MN-0002-0001 | PN-MN-0002-0002 | PN-MN-0002-9000
Samant, Anjana (New York)
PN-MN-0002-0001 | PN-MN-0002-0002 | PN-MN-0002-9000
Wu, Jennifer H. (New York)
PN-MN-0002-0002 | PN-MN-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Angolkar, Stephanie A. (Minnesota)
PN-MN-0002-9000
Fuller, David W. (Minnesota)
PN-MN-0002-9000
Hiveley, Jason M. (Minnesota)
PN-MN-0002-0003 | PN-MN-0002-9000
Iverson, Jon K (Minnesota)
PN-MN-0002-9000
Samie, Bahram (Minnesota)
PN-MN-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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