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Case Name Doe v. Entrekin PN-AL-0003
Docket / Court 4:13-cv-01701-JHE ( N.D. Ala. )
State/Territory Alabama
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Case Summary
On September 12, 2013, a juvenile sex offender and his parents filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Etowah County. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and both the national and local American Civil Liberties Union ... read more >
On September 12, 2013, a juvenile sex offender and his parents filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Etowah County. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel and both the national and local American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), asked the court for both declaratory and injunctive relief. They alleged that the Sheriff's office and particular police officers violated their rights under the Fourth Amendment's guarantee against unreasonable searches and seizures and the Fourteenth Amendment's protections for substantive due process and against deprivations of liberty without due process. Specifically, the plaintiffs objected to the Sheriff's Office's program of unannounced, random, and suspicion-less compliance investigations of every individual in the county who is subject to requirements of the Alabama Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification Act ("the Act"), Ala. Code § 15-20A-4(12).

The primary plaintiff, James Doe, was required to register as a juvenile under the Act. As part of the Sheriff's Office's program, uniformed officers, including defendants and other unidentified officers, conducted warrantless searches of the plaintiffs' home without consent at least nine times between April 2012 and August 2013.

On February 13, 2014 the Court dismissed the case after being informed that the parties reached a written agreement regarding merits of the action and litigation costs. The private settlement agreement stated that police would have to conduct all home visits outside of the home, and would not enter without the registrant's written consent. In addition, police would perform these visits in civilian clothes and unmarked vehicles for the registrant's privacy.

The case is now closed.

Louisa Eberle - 10/06/2013
Will McCartney - 03/23/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Unreasonable search and seizure
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Confidentiality
Juveniles
Pattern or Practice
Records Disclosure
Search policies
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Etowah County
Plaintiff Description Juvenile sex offender and his parents who object to the police's practice of random, suspicion-less searches of their home without consent.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Filing Year 2013
Case Closing Year 2014
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
4:13−cv−01701 (N.D. Ala.)
PN-AL-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/13/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PN-AL-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/12/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges England, John H. Jr. Court not on record [Magistrate]
PN-AL-0003-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Buskey, Brandon (New York)
PN-AL-0003-0001 | PN-AL-0003-9000
Edwards, Ezekiel (New York)
PN-AL-0003-0001 | PN-AL-0003-9000
Jaffe, Richard S (Alabama)
PN-AL-0003-0001 | PN-AL-0003-9000
Marshall, Randall C (Florida)
PN-AL-0003-0001 | PN-AL-0003-9000
Whisonant, Michael (Alabama)
PN-AL-0003-0001 | PN-AL-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers McNeill, J Randall (Alabama)
PN-AL-0003-9000

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