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Case Name Hart v. Sheahan JC-IL-0045
Docket / Court 1:03-cv-01768 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Jail Conditions
Case Summary
On March 11, 2003, Plaintiffs filed a civil rights action against the superintendent of the Cook County Jail in Chicago ("Jail") and Cook County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago Division. The controversy arose from a now discontinued ... read more >
On March 11, 2003, Plaintiffs filed a civil rights action against the superintendent of the Cook County Jail in Chicago ("Jail") and Cook County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Chicago Division. The controversy arose from a now discontinued practice in the Jail. Once a month, the Jail is locked down--the inmates are kept inside their cells to enable the correctional officers to search for weapons and contraband. The lockdowns occurred on weekends and lasted about 48 hours, a long time to be confined to a cell.

Plaintiffs are current and former female pretrial detainees at the Jail who had been subjected to the lockdowns. They complained that Defendants, by exposing them to dangerous and degrading conditions of confinement, are depriving them of their liberty without due process of law and thus violating the Fourteenth Amendment. They sought both an injunction and damages.

On December 18, 2003, the District Court (Judge James B. Zagel) granted Defendants' motion to dismiss. Plaintiffs appealed, and on February 1, 2005, in a published opinion by Judge Richard A. Posner, the Seventh Circuit reversed the District Court's decision and remanded the case. 396 F.3d 887 (2003).

On remand, Defendants filed an updated motion for summary judgment, which the District Court granted in part and denied in part on July 24, 2008. After the completion of discovery, the case went on trial in March 2011. The jury found for the plaintiffs; Judge Zagel denied defedants' request that he overrule or vacate the verdict. Defendants are currently appealing these decisions to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Xin Chen - 01/03/2011


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
General
Restraints : physical
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) County of Cook
Sheriff of Cook County
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs were either current or former female pretrial detainees at the Cook County Jail who had been subjected to the lockdowns.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Litigation
Filed 03/11/2003
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
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Court Docket(s)
N.D. Ill.
04/13/2012
1:03-cv-01768
JC-IL-0045-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
N.D. Ill.
04/14/2003
Amended Complaint [ECF# 7]
JC-IL-0045-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Ill.
05/08/2003
Defendant's Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Dismiss Amended Complaint [ECF# 12]
JC-IL-0045-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Ill.
10/02/2003
Plaintiffs' Response to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 31]
JC-IL-0045-0003.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Ill.
12/18/2003
Memorandum Order and Opinion [ECF# 35]
JC-IL-0045-0014.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
U.S. Court of Appeals
09/14/2004
Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellants [Ct. of App. ECF# 1780567-1]
JC-IL-0045-0004.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
U.S. Court of Appeals
09/30/2004
Reply Brief of Plaintiffs-Appellants
JC-IL-0045-0005.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
U.S. Court of Appeals
02/01/2005
7th Circuit Opinion (396 F.3d 887)
JC-IL-0045-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
N.D. Ill.
07/06/2005
Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Support of their Motion for Class Certification [ECF# 75]
JC-IL-0045-0007.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Ill.
09/13/2005
Defendants' Memorandum of Law in Support of their Motion for Summary Judgment [ECF# 88-2]
JC-IL-0045-0009.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Ill.
07/13/2007
Fifth Amended Complaint [ECF# 137]
JC-IL-0045-0010.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Ill.
07/24/2008
Minute Entry: Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment is Granted in Part and Denied in Part. [ECF# 201]
JC-IL-0045-0012.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Ill.
08/14/2008
Minute Entry: Plaintiffs’ Motion for Class Certification is Denied. [ECF# 210]
JC-IL-0045-0013.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Ill.
09/24/2008
Plaintiffs' Supplemental Motion for Class Certification [ECF# 216]
JC-IL-0045-0008.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Ill.
05/16/2011
Defendants' Supplemental Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion for Judgment as a Matter of Law, or Alternatively, Motion for a New Trial [ECF# 293]
JC-IL-0045-0011.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
U.S. Court of Appeals
04/13/2012
Order [Ct. of App. ECF# 338]
JC-IL-0045-0015.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Posner, Richard Allen (Seventh Circuit) show/hide docs
JC-IL-0045-0006
Zagel, James Block (FISC, N.D. Ill.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Farley, Robert Hugh Jr. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Morrissey, Thomas Gerard (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Scanlon, Stacey L. (Illinois) show/hide docs
JC-IL-0045-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Driscoll, Patrick T. Jr. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Frey, Kevin William (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Hannon, Maureen O'Donoghue (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Hegeman, Louis R. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Puiszis, Steven M. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Quinn, Bernard E.J. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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