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Case Name Brucker v. The City of Doraville CJ-GA-0015
Docket / Court 1:18-cv-02375 ( N.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Special Collection Fines/Fees/Bail Reform (Criminalization of poverty)
Case Summary
On May 23, 2018, four individuals who had been ticketed or threatened to be ticketed by the City of Doraville, filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia. The case was assigned to Judge Richard W. Story. Represented by Strickland Brockington Lewis, LLP, and the Institute ... read more >
On May 23, 2018, four individuals who had been ticketed or threatened to be ticketed by the City of Doraville, filed this lawsuit in U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia. The case was assigned to Judge Richard W. Story. Represented by Strickland Brockington Lewis, LLP, and the Institute for Justice, the plaintiffs sued the City of Doraville under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 and the Declaratory Judgments Act. The plaintiffs alleged that the City’s policy and practice of using its law enforcement and municipal court system for revenue generation, violated the plaintiffs' due process rights. The plaintiffs sought declarative and injunctive relief from Doraville’s policy and practice of budgeting to receive revenues from fines and fees.

The case is ongoing. As of January 27, 2019, the defendant has yet to answer the plaintiffs’ complaint.

Michael Beech - 01/27/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Fines/Fees/Bail/Bond
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) The City of Doraville
Plaintiff Description Four individuals threatened with tickets or ticketed by the City of Doraville.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:18-cv-02375 (N.D. Ga.)
CJ-GA-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/14/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
CJ-GA-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/23/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Story, Richard W. (N.D. Ga.)
CJ-GA-0015-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers House, Joshua (Virginia)
CJ-GA-0015-0001 | CJ-GA-0015-9000
Sanders, Anthony (Minnesota)
CJ-GA-0015-0001 | CJ-GA-0015-9000
Strickland, Frank B. (Georgia)
CJ-GA-0015-0001 | CJ-GA-0015-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Gray, Harvey Scott (Georgia)
CJ-GA-0015-9000
Lee, Dianna J. (Georgia)
CJ-GA-0015-9000

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