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Case Name Shanks v. Jefferson Parish FA-LA-0001
Docket / Court 2:04-cv-01057-SSV ( E.D. La. )
State/Territory Louisiana
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Case Summary
On April 14, 2004, individuals and an advocacy organization filed this First Amendment case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New Orleans against Jefferson Parish claiming the Parish had unfairly applied parish ordinances (including one known as "the circus ordinance") to ... read more >
On April 14, 2004, individuals and an advocacy organization filed this First Amendment case in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New Orleans against Jefferson Parish claiming the Parish had unfairly applied parish ordinances (including one known as "the circus ordinance") to squelch pro-life speech. the plaintiffs were represented by the Alliance Defense Fund, "an alliance of more than 700 attorneys defending religious liberty through strategy, training, funding, and litigation." (ADF Press Release)

The plaintiffs claimed they were unlawfully prohibited from using voice amplification equipment, a stage, and from playing religious songs in their 2004 protest against the Roe v. Wade decision.

Before a hearing could be held on the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction, the parish council used an emergency procedure to approve changes to the ordinances and the case was dismissed.

Denise Heberle - 08/07/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
None on record
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Jefferson Parish
Plaintiff Description Members of United for Life, Inc., a pro-life group, seeking to strike down city ordinances preventing them from expressing themselves at an annual Roe v. Wade "memorial service."
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
2:04-cv-01057-SSV (E.D. La.) 02/01/2005
FA-LA-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint 04/14/2004
FA-LA-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Alliance Defense Fund Press Release: "Jefferson Parish Council announces emergency changes to ordinances used to punish pro-lifers" 06/11/2004
FA-LA-0001-0003 PDF | Detail
Order and Reasons [For Unopposed Grant of Motion to Dismiss One Defendant] 07/30/2004 (2004 WL 1737904 / 2004 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 15010) (E.D. La.)
FA-LA-0001-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Alliance Defense Fund Press Release: "No more discrimination against Louisiana pro-lifers" 01/27/2005
FA-LA-0001-0004 PDF | Detail
Joint Motion to Dismiss 02/01/2005
FA-LA-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Vance, Sarah S. (E.D. La.)
FA-LA-0001-0002 | FA-LA-0001-0005 | FA-LA-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bull, Benjamin W. (Arizona)
FA-LA-0001-0001
Coleman-Lee, Genia (Louisiana)
FA-LA-0001-0001 | FA-LA-0001-9000
Johnson, J. Michael (Louisiana)
FA-LA-0001-0001 | FA-LA-0001-0002 | FA-LA-0001-0003 | FA-LA-0001-0004 | FA-LA-0001-0005 | FA-LA-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Anzelmo, Thomas P. (Louisiana)
FA-LA-0001-0002 | FA-LA-0001-0005 | FA-LA-0001-9000
Kirsch, Kyle P. (Louisiana)
FA-LA-0001-0002 | FA-LA-0001-0005 | FA-LA-0001-9000
Lagarde, Andre Jude (Louisiana)
FA-LA-0001-0002 | FA-LA-0001-0005 | FA-LA-0001-9000
Martiny, Daniel Rault (Louisiana)
FA-LA-0001-0005 | FA-LA-0001-9000
Zibilich, Franz L. (Louisiana)
FA-LA-0001-0005 | FA-LA-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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