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Case Name Gabriel Carrillo v. Pantamitr Zunggeemoge JC-CA-0114
Docket / Court 12-cv-02609-DSF(PJWx) ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California's Prisoners' Rights Bar article
Attorney Organization Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt
Case Summary
On March 27, 2012, a visitor to the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff sued jails employees and Los Angeles County under 42 U.S.C. §1983. Represented by private civil rights attorneys, the ... read more >
On March 27, 2012, a visitor to the Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff sued jails employees and Los Angeles County under 42 U.S.C. §1983. Represented by private civil rights attorneys, the plaintiff asked the court for monetary damages. The plaintiff claimed that sheriff deputies severely beat him while he was visiting his brother in jail and then falsely accused him of attacking the deputies to cover up the beating. He filed this civil rights litigation after successfully defeating criminal charges. He claimed violations of the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as well as California law.

On August 6, 2012, the court referred the parties to a private mediator. For two years, the parties both conducted discovery and negotiated settlement. On August 29, 2014, the parties settled the case for $1,175,000.

In addition, the plaintiff worked with federal prosecutors to initiate federal criminal prosecution against the defendant deputies. The settlement agreement is confidential.

Jessica Kincaid - 09/16/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Visiting
Language
Vietnamese
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Los Angeles County
Sheriff Deputies
Plaintiff Description Visitor to Los Angeles County Men's Central Jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2014
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)
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Docket(s)
2:12-cv-2609 (C.D. Cal.) 08/29/2014
JC-CA-0114-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Damages 03/27/2012
JC-CA-0114-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order to Show Case Re: Dismissal for Lack of Prosecution 05/22/2012 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0114-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation to Stay Civil Proceedings 03/19/2013
JC-CA-0114-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 03/20/2013 (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0114-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint for Damages 11/18/2013
JC-CA-0114-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Stipulation of Voluntary Dismissal 08/29/2014
JC-CA-0114-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Fischer, Dale S. (C.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0114-0002 | JC-CA-0114-0004 | JC-CA-0114-9000
Walsh, Patrick J. (C.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
JC-CA-0114-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bednarski, Marilyn E. (California)
JC-CA-0114-0005 | JC-CA-0114-0006 | JC-CA-0114-9000
Kaye, Ronald O. (California)
JC-CA-0114-0001 | JC-CA-0114-0003 | JC-CA-0114-0005 | JC-CA-0114-0006 | JC-CA-0114-9000
LaHue, Kevin J. (California)
JC-CA-0114-0006 | JC-CA-0114-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Blen, Berta A. (California)
JC-CA-0114-9000
Frieman, Davida (California)
JC-CA-0114-0006 | JC-CA-0114-9000
Ivie, Rickey (California)
JC-CA-0114-0003 | JC-CA-0114-0006 | JC-CA-0114-9000
Nishimura, Gilbert M. (California)
JC-CA-0114-0006 | JC-CA-0114-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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