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Case Name Weber v. Lockyer PC-CA-0046
Docket / Court 3:04-cv-05161 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU of Northern California
ACLU of Southern California
Case Summary
In November 2004, California voters passed Proposition 69, also known the California DNA Fingerprint, Unsolved Crime, and Innocence Protection Act. The law required, in part, that any person who is arrested or charged with a felony submit to a DNA test, regardless of whether the arrest was valid or ... read more >
In November 2004, California voters passed Proposition 69, also known the California DNA Fingerprint, Unsolved Crime, and Innocence Protection Act. The law required, in part, that any person who is arrested or charged with a felony submit to a DNA test, regardless of whether the arrest was valid or legal, and also that any person who had previously been convicted of a felony submit to a DNA test.

Just over a month after the passage of the law, on December 7, 2004, a group of former arrestees and former prisoners, as well as two advocacy groups, brought this class action suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the California attorney general, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs, represented by various ACLU chapters and private counsel, asked the court for both declaratory and injunctive relief, alleging that the law violated the plaintiffs' Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

Within two months, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss for lack of standing. On April 22, 2005, the District Court (Judge Fern Smith) granted the motion to dismiss (365 F.Supp.2d 1119). She held that the plaintiffs lacked standing and ripeness because the state of California had not yet implemented a program for the collection of DNA.

Jonathan Forman - 07/09/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Unreasonable search and seizure
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) State of California
Plaintiff Description Former arrestees, former inmates and two organizations
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
ACLU of Northern California
ACLU of Southern California
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 2004
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Civil Rights Injunctions Over Time: A Case Study of Jail and Prison Court Orders
N.Y.U. Law Review
Date: May 2006
By: Margo Schlanger (Washington University Faculty)
Citation: 81 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 550 (2006)
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  Judicial Policy Making and the Modern State: How the Courts Reformed America's Prisons
Book
Date: Jan. 1, 1998
By: Malcolm M. Feeley & Edward Rubin (UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law & Vanderbilt School of Law Faculty Faculty)
Citation: (1998)
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Docket(s)
3:04-cv-05161-FMS (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0046-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/08/2006
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
PC-CA-0046-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/07/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Answer to Complaint with Demand for Jury Trial [ECF# 21]
PC-CA-0046-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/28/2004
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 26]
PC-CA-0046-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/04/2005
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion (365 F.Supp.2d 1119) (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0046-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 04/22/2005
Source: Google Scholar
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Lockyer, Bill (California) show/hide docs
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