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Case Name Wilson v. Attaway JC-GA-0022
Docket / Court 83-8237 ( S.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
In the spring of 1980, several protesters were arrested following racially motivated riots in Wrightsville, Georgia and filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia against various city and county officials. Plaintiffs alleged unconstitutional ... read more >
In the spring of 1980, several protesters were arrested following racially motivated riots in Wrightsville, Georgia and filed suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia against various city and county officials. Plaintiffs alleged unconstitutional arrests and unconstitutional jail conditions in violation of a prior consent decree. The earlier consent decree resulted from a class action by jail detainees and enjoined the sheriff of Johnson County, without a showing of good cause, from failing to provide detainees with medical treatment, blankets, clothes, food, and access to attorneys. Three of protesters' actions were consolidated in the present case, before trial.

At the trial, the jury found for defendants on all issues. District court Judge Dudley Bowen denied plaintiffs' motion for judgment to overturn the jury's verdict. Plaintiff's appealed the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. On April 16, 1985, the appellate court (Judge Godbold) affirmed the district court's ruling on the issue of jail conditions, holding that defendants had shown good cause to violate the consent decree due to exigent circumstances surrounding the riots. The court reversed in part and remanded in part with respect to other issues. Wilson v. Attaway, 757 F.2d 1227 (11th Cir. 1985).

Plaintiffs petitioned for a rehearing en banc. On July 9, 1985, the Eleventh Circuit denied plaintiffs' petition. Wilson v. Attaway, 764 F.2d 1411 (11th Cir. 1985).

The docket for this case is unavailable, so our information ends with the last reported decision in 1985.

Lauren Cutson - 05/23/2005
Richard Jolly - 10/26/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Food service / nutrition / hydration
Sanitation / living conditions
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Johnson County Jail
Plaintiff Description People who were allegedly unconstitutionally arrested and exposed to unconstitutional conditions in county jail
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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 04/16/1985 (757 F.2d 1227)
JC-GA-0022-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
On Petition for Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc 07/09/1985 (764 F.2d 1411)
JC-GA-0022-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Godbold, John Cooper (Fifth Circuit, Eleventh Circuit)
JC-GA-0022-0001 | JC-GA-0022-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Carroll, John L. (Alabama)
JC-GA-0022-0001 | JC-GA-0022-0002
Goldberg, Ralph S. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0022-0001 | JC-GA-0022-0002
Mincey, Floyd (Alabama)
JC-GA-0022-0001 | JC-GA-0022-0002
Spears, George Brian (Georgia)
JC-GA-0022-0001 | JC-GA-0022-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Larsen, W. W. (Georgia)
JC-GA-0022-0001 | JC-GA-0022-0002 | JC-GA-0022-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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