Case: Vest v. Lubbock County

5:76-00053 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Filed Date: May 14, 1976

Closed Date: Oct. 28, 1980

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Case Summary

In 1976, plaintiff filed a class action suit under section 1983 against the Lubbock County commissioner's court, county commissioners, county judge, county sheriff, and the Texan Commission on Jail Standards. The district court for the Northern District of Texas (Chief Judge Halbert Woodward) consolidated several similar cases and certified plaintiffs' class. Before litigation began, the United States intervened. In 1977, the court held that defendants' actions violated inmates' constitution…

In 1976, plaintiff filed a class action suit under section 1983 against the Lubbock County commissioner's court, county commissioners, county judge, county sheriff, and the Texan Commission on Jail Standards. The district court for the Northern District of Texas (Chief Judge Halbert Woodward) consolidated several similar cases and certified plaintiffs' class. Before litigation began, the United States intervened. In 1977, the court held that defendants' actions violated inmates' constitutional rights and granted plaintiffs injunctive relief but denied plaintiffs monetary damages. The injunction addressed food services, security staffing, mail censorship, reading materials, telephone facilities, visitation rights, disciplinary procedures, classification, solitary confinement, and implementation of the injunctive relief. Vest v. Lubbock Co. Comm'r. Ct., 444 F. Supp 824 (N.D. Tex. 1977). According to the original docket, defendants continued to report to the court through 1978. In September of 1980, the court dismissed the case without prejudice due to a lack of activity, but just one month later, the court modified an order from 1977 regarding guard duty. We have the original (non-PACER) docket: it ends in October of 1980 and shows the case as closed.

Summary Authors

Lauren Cutson (5/26/2005)

People


Judge(s)

Woodward, Halbert Owen (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Benson, Daniel H. (Texas)

Goss, E. Warren (Texas)

West, Tom (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Boone, Jack (Texas)

Dibrell, Joe B. Jr. (Texas)

Faulks, Yvonne M. (Texas)

Griffin, Alton R. (Texas)

McRoberts, Roger (Texas)

Mighell, Kenneth J. (Texas)

Judge(s)

Woodward, Halbert Owen (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Benson, Daniel H. (Texas)

Goss, E. Warren (Texas)

West, Tom (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Boone, Jack (Texas)

Dibrell, Joe B. Jr. (Texas)

Faulks, Yvonne M. (Texas)

Griffin, Alton R. (Texas)

McRoberts, Roger (Texas)

Mighell, Kenneth J. (Texas)

Montford, John T. (Texas)

Pottinger, J. Stanley (District of Columbia)

White, Mark (Texas)

Other Attorney(s)

Hackworth, William M. (District of Columbia)

Queen, Jesse H. (District of Columbia)

Vanderhoff, David J.W. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket

Oct. 28, 1980 Docket

Memorandum

444 F.Supp. 824, 1977 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 16093

May 2, 1977 Order/Opinion

Order of Dismissal

Sept. 25, 1980 Order/Opinion

Order

Oct. 28, 1980 Order/Opinion

Correspondence regarding proposed change in procedure

Nov. 7, 1980 Correspondence

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Texas

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: May 14, 1976

Closing Date: Oct. 28, 1980

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

inmates at the Lubbock County Jail

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Lubbock County Jail Facility (Lubbock), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Due Process

Due Process: Substantive Due Process

Freedom of speech/association

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 1976 - 1980

Issues

General:

Classification / placement

Counseling

Disciplinary procedures

Food service / nutrition / hydration

Law library access

Library (non-law) access

Mail

Phone

Visiting

Type of Facility:

Government-run