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Case Name Ramos−Macario v. Jones IM-TN-0003
Docket / Court 3:10-cv-00813 ( M.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On August 30, 2010, a Tennessee resident who had been detained several months brought a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, the Rutherford County Sheriff, and the Sheriff's Chief Deputy. The plaintiff claimed he was ... read more >
On August 30, 2010, a Tennessee resident who had been detained several months brought a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office, the Rutherford County Sheriff, and the Sheriff's Chief Deputy. The plaintiff claimed he was unlawfully detained pursuant to an ICE detainer for four months after he was otherwise eligible for release. He alleged that his prolonged detention violated his constitutional rights (4th, 5th, 8th and 14th Amendments) as well as state law against negligence, false imprisonment, and failure to train. The plaintiff also brought a 1983 claim alleging that the Sheriff's Office had failed to adequately train its employees.

The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, sought to represent a class that included prisoners of Rutherford County Jail who were detained unlawfully pursuant to detainers. Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief, damages, and attorneys' fees.

Plaintiff's claims arose out of his detention following his arrest for driving on a suspended license. He was sentenced to five days in jail. ICE then issued an immigration detainer, which would allow the Sheriff to hold the plaintiff for 48 additional hours. The plaintiff, however, was held for an additional four months.

On March 2, 2011, the District Court (Judge William J. Hayes, Jr.) dismissed plaintiff's federal and state law claims against the sheriff and his chief deputy and denied class certification. Ramos-Macario v. Jones, No. 3:10-00813, 2011 WL 831678 (M.D. Tenn. Mar. 2, 2011). The Court also denied defendants' motions to dismiss or in the alternative, for summary judgment as to the federal claims against Rutherford County and allowed the false imprisonment claim to go forward against the county.

In March 2012, the court set a status conference for the parties to present their provisional settlement agreement. The docket does not reflect that the conference ever took place, but on April 20, 2012, the parties moved to voluntarily dismiss the suit with prejudice. It is therefore unclear whether the parties reached a settlement agreement.

Jennifer Bronson - 11/10/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Over/Unlawful Detention
Immigration
Detention - procedures
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action State law
42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Rutherford County
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff was a Tennessee resident who was detained for months after his sentence expired.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Threats to the Future of the Immigration Class Action
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
By: Jill E. Family (Widener University School of Law)
Citation: 27 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71 (2008)
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Docket(s)
3:10-cv-00813 (M.D. Tenn.) 04/23/2012
IM-TN-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 08/30/2010
IM-TN-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Class Action Complaint 10/21/2010
IM-TN-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum 03/02/2011 (2011 WL 831678) (M.D. Tenn.)
IM-TN-0003-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order 03/02/2011 (M.D. Tenn.)
IM-TN-0003-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bryant, John S. (M.D. Tenn.) [Magistrate]
IM-TN-0003-9000
Haynes, William Joseph Jr. (M.D. Tenn.) [Magistrate]
IM-TN-0003-0003 | IM-TN-0003-0004 | IM-TN-0003-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Free, R. Andrew (Tennessee)
IM-TN-0003-9000
Ozment, Harry Elliot (Tennessee)
IM-TN-0003-0001 | IM-TN-0003-0002 | IM-TN-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Mantooth, David Randall (Tennessee)
IM-TN-0003-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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