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Case Name DOJ Investigation of Missoula County Attorney’s Office CJ-MT-0003
Docket / Court 9:14-cv-00038-DLC ( D. Mont. )
State/Territory Montana
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Affected Gender
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Provide antidiscrimination training
Sex discrimination
Access to lawyers or judicial system
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Failure to train
Inadequate citizen complaint investigations and procedures
Pattern or Practice
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Timeliness of case assignment
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 14141
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Missoula County Attorney's Office
Plaintiff Description The DOJ, investigating allegations of a systematic failure to protect women victims of sexual assault in Missoula. In a related case, the District Attorney of Missoula.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
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 2014 - 2016
Case Closing Year 2016
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Case Listing ED-MT-0001 : University of Montana-Missoula (No Court)
PN-MT-0001 : DOJ Investigation of University of Montana-Missoula's Office of Public Safety (No Court)
PN-MT-0002 : DOJ Investigation of Missoula Police Department (No Court)
Additional Resources
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  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Date: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
Date: Apr. 21, 2015
By: Jon Krakauer
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
Date: 2014
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Philadelphia Forfeiture
By: Institute for Justice (Institute for Justice)
[ Detail ]

9:14-cv-00038-DLC (D. Mont.)
CJ-MT-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/11/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Settlement Agreement
CJ-MT-0003-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/13/2013
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Complaint for Declaratory Judgment [ECF# 1]
CJ-MT-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/11/2014
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Re: The United States' Investigation of the Missoula County Attorney's Office
CJ-MT-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/14/2014
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Department of Justice Reaches Landmark Agreement to Improve Missoula County Attorney’s Office’s Response to Reports of Sexual Assault
CJ-MT-0003-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/10/2014
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
DOJ Press Release: Justice Department Announces Missoula Police Department Has Fully Implemented Agreement to Improve Response to Reports of Sexual Assault
CJ-MT-0003-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/11/2015
Plaintiff's Lawyers Cotter, Michael W. (Montana)
CJ-MT-0003-0001 | CJ-MT-0003-9000
Jones, Natasha Prinzing (Montana)
CJ-MT-0003-0002 | CJ-MT-0003-9000
Leonard, Thomas J (Montana)
CJ-MT-0003-0002 | CJ-MT-0003-9000
Samuels, Jocelyn (District of Columbia)
Tanner, Randy J (Montana)
CJ-MT-0003-0002 | CJ-MT-0003-9000
Valkenburg, Fred Van (Montana)
Defendant's Lawyers Francis, Victoria L (Montana)

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