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Case Name Dorsey v. Adams JC-GA-0018
Docket / Court 98CV117475 ( State Court )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Attorney Organization Southern Center for Human Rights
Case Summary
Inmates in the DeKalb County Jail brought suit in Georgia state court against the county, the sheriff, and others alleging inadequate medical care at the jail. Plaintiffs were represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights. The parties settled; in 2001, the Georgia Superior Court in DeKalb ... read more >
Inmates in the DeKalb County Jail brought suit in Georgia state court against the county, the sheriff, and others alleging inadequate medical care at the jail. Plaintiffs were represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights. The parties settled; in 2001, the Georgia Superior Court in DeKalb County (Judge Fuller) entered a consent decree.

Later that year, plaintiffs moved for a contempt judgment, and court granted the motion. The county appealed, and the Georgia Court of Appeals affirmed. Dorsey v. Adams, 564 S.E.2d 847 (Ga. App. 2002). Plaintiffs later moved again for a contempt judgment because the county fired the monitor when the settlement agreement expired, even though the contempt sanction remained. The Superior Court (Judge Hilton Fuller) granted plaintiffs' motion holding that the county had failed to purge itself of civil contempt. Defendants appealed, and the Court of Appeals affirmed. DeKalb County v. Adams, 585 S.E.2d 178 (Ga. App. 2003) (cert. denied).

There was subsequent litigation concerning attorney's fees. DeKalb County v. Adams, 587 S.E.2d 302 (Ga. App. 2003). The trial court docket for this case is not available on PACER because this was a state court case, and therefore our information ends with the last reported decision in 2003.

Lauren Cutson - 05/20/2005


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Medical/Mental Health
Medical care, general
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) DeKalb County Jail
Plaintiff Description Inmates in DeKalb County, Georgia, alleging insufficient medical care in the prison
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Southern Center for Human Rights
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status granted Unknown
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 2001 - n/a
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Reported Opinion 05/03/2002 (564 S.E.2d 847)
JC-GA-0018-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion 07/09/2003 (585 S.E.2d 178)
JC-GA-0018-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Reported Opinion 09/12/2003 (587 S.E.2d 302)
JC-GA-0018-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 11/10/2003 (2003 Ga.LEXIS 969)
JC-GA-0018-0004 PDF | LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: LexisNexis
Judges Fuller, Hilton (State Trial Court)
JC-GA-0018-0003
Johnson, Edward H. (State Appellate Court, State Trial Court)
JC-GA-0018-0003
Phipps, Herbert E. (State Appellate Court)
JC-GA-0018-0001 | JC-GA-0018-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fortson, Xernia L. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0001
Gignilliat, Richard R. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0003
Hicks, Charles George (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0001 | JC-GA-0018-0002
Idalski, Annette A. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0003
Linkous, William J. III (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0002 | JC-GA-0018-0003
Mitchell, Wade Wright (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0002 | JC-GA-0018-0003
Pope, Benjamin W. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0001
Reed, Eugene C. Jr. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0001
Russ, Michael C. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0001 | JC-GA-0018-0002
Stevens, Alan A. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0001
Ware, Robert D. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0002 | JC-GA-0018-0003
Defendant's Lawyers Kung, Lisa L. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0001 | JC-GA-0018-0003
Rowan, Milton Dale (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0001 | JC-GA-0018-0003
Serwer, Tamara H. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0018-0001 | JC-GA-0018-0002 | JC-GA-0018-0002 | JC-GA-0018-0003 | JC-GA-0018-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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