Case: Doe v. Entrekin

4:13-cv-01701 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama

Filed Date: Sept. 12, 2013

Closed Date: 2014

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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 (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 …

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.

Summary Authors

Louisa Eberle (10/6/2013)

Will McCartney (3/23/2018)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4126949/parties/doe-v-entrekin/


Judge(s)

England, John H. Jr. (Alabama)

Attorney for Plaintiff

Buskey, Brandon (New York)

Edwards, Ezekiel (New York)

Jaffe, Richard S (Alabama)

Marshall, Randall C (Florida)

Attorney for Defendant

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Documents in the Clearinghouse

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Docket [PACER]

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See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4126949/doe-v-entrekin/

Last updated Dec. 14, 2023, 3:08 a.m.

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Case Details

State / Territory: Alabama

Case Type(s):

Policing

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 12, 2013

Closing Date: 2014

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

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.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU National (all projects)

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Etowah County (Etowah), County

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Unreasonable search and seizure

Available Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Content of Injunction:

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Issues

General:

Confidentiality

Juveniles

Pattern or Practice

Records Disclosure

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