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Case Name Mayfield v. Orozco JC-CA-0116
Docket / Court 2:13-CV-02499-JAM-AC ( E.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Special Collection California's Prisoners' Rights Bar article
Case Summary
On December 3, 2013, a pre-trial detainee in the Sacramento County Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiff sued the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, the County of Sacramento, the University of California, and the University of ... read more >
On December 3, 2013, a pre-trial detainee in the Sacramento County Jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. The plaintiff sued the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, the County of Sacramento, the University of California, and the University of California Health System (UCDHS) under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff asked the court for monetary relief, claiming violations of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the US Constitution. Specifically, the plaintiff attempted to commit suicide while he was a pre-trail detainee in the jail and suffered a spinal injury that left him paralyzed and cognitively impaired for the rest of his life. Prior to the suicide attempt, the plaintiff had also been assaulted by Jail correctional officers and sexually assaulted by other inmates. The plaintiff alleged that despite knowledge his history of assaults and mental illness, the defendants failed to provide him with appropriate mental health care and failed to take adequate steps to protect him from harm.

The University of California moved to dismiss the complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction and failure to state claims upon which relief can be granted. On September 10, 2015, Judge John A. Mendez granted in part and denied in part the defendant's motion to dismiss. Judge Mendez held that the University is an arm of the state and immune from state law claims in federal court. Judge Mendez also struck the plaintiff's prayer for restitution and punitive damages against UCHDS.

As of September 30, 2015, the case is ongoing.

Jessica Kincaid - 09/30/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Corrections
Jurisdiction-wide
Disability
Mental impairment
Discrimination-basis
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
General
Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students
Assault/abuse by staff
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Sexual abuse by residents/inmates
Suicide prevention
Medical/Mental Health
Mental health care, general
Self-injurious behaviors
Suicide prevention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Sacramento County
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
University of California
University of California Health System
Plaintiff Description A pre-trial detainee in the Sacramento County Jail who attempted to commit suicide while in Jail and sustained serious life-long injuries
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
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 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)
2:13-cv-2499 (E.D. Cal.) 07/28/2015
JC-CA-0116-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Civil Rights Violation; Demand for Jury Trial 12/03/2013
JC-CA-0116-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Motions and Motions: A. To Dismiss for lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction (FRCP 12(b)(1)); B. Failure to State Claims Upon Which Relief Can Be Granted (FRCP 12(b)(6); and C. To Strike Portions of Plaintiffs' Second Amended Complaint (FRCP 12(f)) 04/20/2015
JC-CA-0116-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Third Amended Complaint for Damages; Demand for Jury Trial 05/15/2015
JC-CA-0116-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Mendez, John A. (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0116-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bien, Michael W. (California)
JC-CA-0116-9000
Fischer, Aaron Joseph (California)
JC-CA-0116-9000
Galvan, Ernest (California)
JC-CA-0116-9000
Hadsell, Barbara Enloe (California)
JC-CA-0116-0003 | JC-CA-0116-9000
Millen, Michael (California)
JC-CA-0116-9000
Piovia-Scott, Joshua (California)
JC-CA-0116-0003 | JC-CA-0116-9000
Rifkin, Lori Ellen (California)
JC-CA-0116-0003 | JC-CA-0116-9000
Stormer, Dan Lewis (California)
JC-CA-0116-0003 | JC-CA-0116-9000
Tajsar, Mohammad K. (California)
JC-CA-0116-0003 | JC-CA-0116-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Calnero, Lauren E. (California)
JC-CA-0116-9000
Cassidy, Terence J (California)
JC-CA-0116-9000
Longyear, Dayton Van Vranken (California)
JC-CA-0116-9000
Tyler, Robert Frederick Jr. (California)
JC-CA-0116-0002 | JC-CA-0116-9000
Zilaff, Peter Carlberg (California)
JC-CA-0116-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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