Case: Beale v. District of Columbia

1:04-cv-00959 | U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Filed Date: June 10, 2004

Closed Date: 2008

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Case Summary

On June 10, 2004, the estate of a deceased former inmate of the District of Columbia jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the D. C. Department of Corrections. On November 18, 2004, another former inmate of the Jail, who had simillarly suffered a stabbing attack, joined the suit through the Amended Complaint. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest counsel, asked the court for damages resulting from claims of wrongful death, unsafe jail c…

On June 10, 2004, the estate of a deceased former inmate of the District of Columbia jail filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the D. C. Department of Corrections. On November 18, 2004, another former inmate of the Jail, who had simillarly suffered a stabbing attack, joined the suit through the Amended Complaint. The plaintiffs, represented by public interest counsel, asked the court for damages resulting from claims of wrongful death, unsafe jail conditions, due process violations, and cruel and unusual punishment violations. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that due to the increased population in the D.C. Jail, which was not accompanied by an increase in corrections personnel, jail conditions created a substantial risk that plaintiffs would be exposed to physical harm and that the defendants were aware of the increased risk and did nothing to mitigate that risk.

On December 11, 2002, the originalplaintiff was stabbed and killed by a fellow inmate while in pretrial detention at the D.C. Jail. The additional plaintiff was stabbed two days later. Plaintiffs claimed the stabbings were only possible because the cell block in which Plaintiffs were housed was overcrowded and understaffed by security personnel. Shortly before Mr. Pendleton's death, the D.C. jail was relieved of court-imposed population cap and the population had risen by nearly 40%. The plaintiffs argued that the defendants had been well informed of the situation in the jail but had not resolved the safety concerns at the time of the incident.

The case was heard in District Court (Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, replaced by Judge Ricardo M. Urbina). Defendants moved for summary judgment on June 30, 2005, which was denied October 18, 2005. Concurrently, the parties participated in sealed settlement proceedings before a District of Columbia Magistrate Court (Judge John M. Facciola, replaced by Judge Alan Kay). After discovery was closed but before the case had come before open court, a private settlement was reached, at which point the case was voluntarily dismissed by Plaintiffs on November 18, 2008. According to the website for Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, this case secured "the largest settlement ever in an inmate wrongful death suit against the District of Columbia." http://www.washlaw.org/projects/dc-prisoners-rights.

Summary Authors

Jesse Stricklan (3/10/2014)

Daniel Fryer (2/1/2016)

People

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Judge(s)

Urbina, Ricardo M. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, C. (Corliss) Vaughn (District of Columbia)

Ellickson, Jenny C. (District of Columbia)

Finkenstadt, Ivy (Virginia)

Fornaci, Phillip Jerome (District of Columbia)

Jucovy, Timothy Laszlo (District of Columbia)

Lamb, Andrew W. (District of Columbia)

Lange, Ivy (District of Columbia)

Love, Kelly A. (District of Columbia)

Martin, Matthew G. T. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Urbina, Ricardo M. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, C. (Corliss) Vaughn (District of Columbia)

Ellickson, Jenny C. (District of Columbia)

Finkenstadt, Ivy (Virginia)

Fornaci, Phillip Jerome (District of Columbia)

Jucovy, Timothy Laszlo (District of Columbia)

Lamb, Andrew W. (District of Columbia)

Lange, Ivy (District of Columbia)

Love, Kelly A. (District of Columbia)

Martin, Matthew G. T. (District of Columbia)

Mathias, Edward Michael (Connecticut)

McNish, Kimberly S. (District of Columbia)

Oxendine, Patricia Ann (District of Columbia)

Rippey, Edward H. (District of Columbia)

Zambuto, Joseph Jr. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gainey, Shameka (District of Columbia)

Jones, Patricia A. (District of Columbia)

Nickles, Peter J. (District of Columbia)

Rickman, George E. (District of Columbia)

Valentine, George C. (District of Columbia)

Williams, Zuberi Bakari (District of Columbia)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Sparks, Douglas R. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Beale v. D.C.

Nov. 18, 2008 Docket
1

Complaint

Beale v. D.C.

June 10, 2004 Complaint
14

First Amended Complaint

Beale v. D.C.

Nov. 8, 2004 Complaint
103

Memorandum Opinion [Denying the Plaintiffs' Appeal of Magistrate Judge's Orders Regarding Reopening of Discovery and Briefing Schedule for Dispositive Motions]

Beale v. D.C.

545 F.Supp.2d 8

March 31, 2008 Order/Opinion
107

Praecipe of Dismissal

Beale v. D.C.

Nov. 18, 2008 Pleading / Motion / Brief

Resources

Title Description External URL

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/4756858/beale-v-the-district-of-columbia/

Last updated May 29, 2022, 3:13 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link

Summons Issued

June 10, 2004 PACER
1

Complaint

June 10, 2004 PACER
2

Notice of Related Case

June 10, 2004 PACER

Summons Issued

June 21, 2004 PACER

Case Assigned/Reassigned

June 22, 2004 PACER
3

Summons Returned Executed

June 24, 2004 PACER
4

Summons Returned Executed

June 24, 2004 PACER
5

Answer to Complaint

July 12, 2004 PACER
6

Attorney Appearance

July 13, 2004 PACER
7

Notice of Appearance

July 13, 2004 PACER

Notice of Hearing

July 29, 2004 PACER
8

Order

July 29, 2004 PACER
9

Motion for Leave to File

Oct. 13, 2004 PACER
10

Memorandum in Opposition

Oct. 27, 2004 PACER
11

Meet and Confer Statement

Oct. 29, 2004 PACER
12

Reply to opposition to Motion

Nov. 3, 2004 PACER

Order

Nov. 5, 2004 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings

Nov. 5, 2004 PACER

Order

Nov. 11, 2004 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings

Nov. 11, 2004 PACER
13

Order on Motion for Leave to File

Nov. 18, 2004 PACER
14

Amended Complaint

Nov. 18, 2004 PACER

Scheduling Conference

Nov. 23, 2004 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings

Nov. 23, 2004 PACER
15

Order

Nov. 23, 2004 PACER

Summons Issued

Nov. 30, 2004 PACER
16

Summons Returned Executed

Nov. 30, 2004 PACER
17

Summons Returned Executed

Nov. 30, 2004 PACER
18

Summons Returned Executed

Nov. 30, 2004 PACER
19

Notice of Appearance

Dec. 1, 2004 PACER
20

Notice of Appearance

Dec. 8, 2004 PACER

Summons Issued

Dec. 16, 2004 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings

Dec. 16, 2004 PACER
21

Order

Dec. 16, 2004 PACER
22

Order

Dec. 16, 2004 PACER
23

Motion for Extension of Time to

Dec. 21, 2004 PACER

Case Referred to Magistrate Judge

Dec. 23, 2004 PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to

Jan. 3, 2005 PACER
24

Summons Returned Executed

Jan. 6, 2005 PACER
25

Answer to Amended Complaint

Jan. 24, 2005 PACER
26

Notice of Appearance

Jan. 26, 2005 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings

March 22, 2005 PACER
27

Motion for Extension of Time to

May 20, 2005 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings

May 31, 2005 PACER
28

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to

May 31, 2005 PACER
29

Notice of Appearance

June 21, 2005 PACER
30

Motion for Summary Judgment

June 30, 2005 PACER
31

Motion for Summary Judgment

June 30, 2005 PACER
32

Motion to Stay

July 6, 2005 PACER
33

Motion to Stay

July 15, 2005 PACER

Order on Motion to Stay

July 18, 2005 PACER
34

Motion for Protective Order

Aug. 16, 2005 PACER
35

Memorandum in Opposition

Aug. 29, 2005 PACER

Order

Sept. 7, 2005 PACER
36

Motion to Withdraw as Attorney

Sept. 8, 2005 PACER
37

Notice of Appearance

Sept. 8, 2005 PACER

Order on Motion to Withdraw as Attorney

Sept. 9, 2005 PACER
38

Order on Motion for Protective Order

Sept. 30, 2005 PACER
39

Motion for Discovery

Oct. 17, 2005 PACER

Order on Motion for Discovery

Oct. 18, 2005 PACER

Order on Motion to Stay

Oct. 18, 2005 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings

Oct. 18, 2005 PACER
40

Motion to Enforce

Nov. 21, 2005 PACER
41

Memorandum in Opposition

Dec. 7, 2005 PACER
42

Reply to opposition to Motion

Dec. 15, 2005 PACER
43

Motion to Enforce

Dec. 15, 2005 PACER

Case Referred to Magistrate Judge

Dec. 19, 2005 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings

Dec. 20, 2005 PACER

Order

Dec. 20, 2005 PACER
44

Order

Dec. 20, 2005 PACER
45

Memorandum in Opposition

Dec. 23, 2005 PACER

Order

Jan. 4, 2006 PACER
46

Reply to opposition to Motion

Jan. 4, 2006 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings

Jan. 18, 2006 PACER
47

Motion for Protective Order

Feb. 1, 2006 PACER
48

Order on Motion for Protective Order

Feb. 1, 2006 PACER

Order on Motion to Withdraw as Attorney

Feb. 6, 2006 PACER
49

Motion to Withdraw as Attorney

Feb. 6, 2006 PACER

Set/Reset Hearings

March 13, 2006 PACER
50

Motion for Sanctions

March 27, 2006 PACER
51

Notice (Other)

March 27, 2006 PACER

Settlement Conference

March 30, 2006 PACER
52

Order Referring Motion

March 31, 2006 PACER

Case Referred to Magistrate Judge

April 10, 2006 PACER
53

Motion for Extension of Time to

April 12, 2006 PACER
54

Memorandum in Opposition

April 17, 2006 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines

April 18, 2006 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings

April 18, 2006 PACER
55

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to

April 18, 2006 PACER
56

Memorandum in Opposition

April 21, 2006 PACER
57

Motion for Protective Order

April 21, 2006 PACER
58

Motion for Protective Order

April 21, 2006 PACER
59

Notice (Other)

April 24, 2006 PACER
60

Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply

April 26, 2006 PACER

Order on Motion for Extension of Time to File Response/Reply

April 27, 2006 PACER

Set/Reset Deadlines

April 28, 2006 PACER
61

Notice (Other)

May 12, 2006 PACER
62

Reply to opposition to Motion

May 15, 2006 PACER
63

Notice (Other)

May 24, 2006 PACER
64

Motion for Miscellaneous Relief

May 30, 2006 PACER

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 10, 2004

Closing Date: 2008

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Estate of an inmate killed by another inmate in the D.C. Jail.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Washington Lawyers' Committee

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

District of Columbia (District of Columbia), County

Defendant Type(s):

Corrections

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Issues

General:

Assault/abuse by residents/inmates/students

Conditions of confinement

Failure to supervise

Failure to train

Personal injury

Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)

Totality of conditions

Crowding:

Crowding / caseload

Type of Facility:

Government-run