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Case Name Tetzlaff v. Swinney JC-NV-0003
Docket / Court 87-202 ( D. Nev. )
State/Territory Nevada
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In 1987, plaintiff filed a section 1983 pro se complaint against the Sheriff of Washoe County, Nevada. Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief and monetary damages for violations of his constitutional rights. In 1987, the district court for the District of Nevada (Chief Judge Edward C. ... read more >
In 1987, plaintiff filed a section 1983 pro se complaint against the Sheriff of Washoe County, Nevada. Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief and monetary damages for violations of his constitutional rights. In 1987, the district court for the District of Nevada (Chief Judge Edward C. Reed, Jr.) granted defendant's motion to dismiss in part because res judicata barred plaintiff's claim for declaratory and injunctive relief based on a prior class action concerning jail conditions that ended with a consent decree (see Johnson v. Galli). The court denied defendant's motion to dismiss in part because plaintiff's claim for monetary damages was not barred by prior litigation. Tetzlaff v. Swinney, 678 F. Supp. 812 (D. Nev. 1987). According to the original docket, the court dismissed the action with prejudice in 1989.

Lauren Cutson - 05/26/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Totality of conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Washoe County Jail
Plaintiff Description Detainee challenging unconstitutional conditions of confinement in the county jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1987 - 1989
Case Closing Year 1989
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)
87-202 (D. Nev.) 09/06/1989
JC-NV-0003-9000 PDF | Detail
General Documents
Order 12/18/1987 (678 F.Supp. 812) (D. Nev.)
JC-NV-0003-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Reed, Edward Cornelius Jr. (D. Nev.)
JC-NV-0003-0001 | JC-NV-0003-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Crowley, Martin G. (Nevada)
JC-NV-0003-9000
Plater, Joseph R. (Nevada)
JC-NV-0003-0001 | JC-NV-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lane, Mills (Nevada)
JC-NV-0003-0001 | JC-NV-0003-9000
Riley, Thomas (Nevada)
JC-NV-0003-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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