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Case Name A.N. v. Scott JI-TN-0001
Docket / Court 79-3010-NA-CV ( M.D. Tenn. )
State/Territory Tennessee
Case Type(s) Juvenile Institution
Attorney Organization Legal Services/Legal Aid
Case Summary
In 1979, students at the Tennessee Preparatory School filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against representatives of the school, alleging that the defendants unconstitutionally prevented them from communicating privately with their attorneys while in ... read more >
In 1979, students at the Tennessee Preparatory School filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee against representatives of the school, alleging that the defendants unconstitutionally prevented them from communicating privately with their attorneys while in detention at the school. The students were represented by Legal Services of Nashville and Middle Tennessee.

On January 31, 1979, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Judge Thomas Anderton Wiseman, Jr.) entered a consent decree, which stated that any student of the school placed in detention should be allowed to confer privately with a previously engaged attorney between the hours of nine o'clock in the morning and six o'clock in the evening, as well as at other hours during emergencies. The decree stated that costs would be paid by the defendants. We have no further information on this case.

Kristen Sagar - 11/26/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Mail
Phone
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Tennessee Preparatory School
Plaintiff Description Student detainees at the Tennessee Preparatory School challenging the policy prohibiting students in detention from conferring privately with an attorney
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Legal Services/Legal Aid
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 1979 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Consent Order 01/15/1979 (M.D. Tenn.)
JI-TN-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Overby, Russell J. (Tennessee)
JI-TN-0001-0001
Shookhoff, Andrew Joseph (Tennessee)
JI-TN-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Doughty, R. Stephen (Tennessee)
JI-TN-0001-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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