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Case: Wilson v. Kelley & Bloodworth

5:73-cv-02922 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia

Filed Date: Oct. 12, 1973

Closed Date: Nov. 12, 1976

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Case Summary

Plaintiffs, including white, black, former, present, and prospective inmates in all Georgia penal institutions, challenged the constitutionality of segregation in Georgia jails. In July 1968, a three-judge panel in the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Judges Sidney Smith, Frank Hooper, and Elbert Tuttle) certified plaintiffs' class, held that any segregated custody subsequent to January 1, 1969 is unconstitutional, and ordered the Director of the Board of Corrections and al…

Plaintiffs, including white, black, former, present, and prospective inmates in all Georgia penal institutions, challenged the constitutionality of segregation in Georgia jails. In July 1968, a three-judge panel in the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia (Judges Sidney Smith, Frank Hooper, and Elbert Tuttle) certified plaintiffs' class, held that any segregated custody subsequent to January 1, 1969 is unconstitutional, and ordered the Director of the Board of Corrections and all wardens and sheriffs to desegregate all Georgia penal institutions. Wilson v. Kelley, 294 F. Supp. 1005 (N.D. Ga. 1968). In December 1968, the Supreme Court affirmed the District Court's decision in a per curium opinion. Wilson v. Kelley, 393 U.S. 266 (1968). This case (like others, see Wilson v. Thompson, JC-GA-012) concerned implementation of the Wilson v. Kelley order against the Bibb County Jail. The court transferred the case to the Middle District of Georgia in 1973. Some type of action continued in this case until about 1975, and in 1976, the district court issued an order to close the case for statistical purposes due to a lack of action. There is no PACER docket available for this case, but we do have a copy of the original docket from the District Court in the Middle District of Georgia that contains limited information from 1973 through 1976.

Summary Authors

Lauren Cutson (5/21/2005)

People


Judge(s)

Owens, Wilbur Dawson Jr. (Georgia)

Smith, Sidney Oslin Jr. (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Boult, Reber F. Jr. (Georgia)

Brent, John Wm. (Georgia)

Jones, F. Walter (Georgia)

King, C. B. (Georgia)

Kinoy, Arthur (New York)

Moore, Howard Jr. (Georgia)

Rindskopf, Peter E. (Georgia)

Wulf, Melvin L. (New York)

Judge(s)

Owens, Wilbur Dawson Jr. (Georgia)

Smith, Sidney Oslin Jr. (Georgia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Boult, Reber F. Jr. (Georgia)

Brent, John Wm. (Georgia)

Jones, F. Walter (Georgia)

King, C. B. (Georgia)

Kinoy, Arthur (New York)

Moore, Howard Jr. (Georgia)

Rindskopf, Peter E. (Georgia)

Wulf, Melvin L. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Bolton, Arthur K. (Georgia)

Bryan, W. Wheeler (Georgia)

Evans, Alfred L. Jr. (Georgia)

Ferguson, John T. (Georgia)

Gordon, Marion O. (Georgia)

Hartman, Don L. (Georgia)

Hill, Harold N. Jr. (Georgia)

Hinchey, John W. (Georgia)

MacDougall, Ellis (Georgia)

Morgan, Charles Jr. (Georgia)

Robins, Mathew (Georgia)

Sell, E. S. (Georgia)

Twitty, Frank S. Sr. (Georgia)

Other Attorney(s)

Marker, Jack R. (District of Columbia)

Queen, Jesse H. (District of Columbia)

Shea, Quinlan J. Jr. (District of Columbia)

Wolf, Michael (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

5:73-cv-02922

Faxed Docket

Nov. 12, 1976

Nov. 12, 1976

Docket

68-cv-11647

Reported Opinion

Wilson v. Kelley

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

June 27, 1968

June 27, 1968

Order/Opinion

00561

Memorandum Decision

Wilson v. Kelley

Supreme Court of the United States

Dec. 16, 1968

Dec. 16, 1968

Order/Opinion

5:73-cv-02922

Order

Nov. 12, 1976

Nov. 12, 1976

Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated Sept. 2, 2022, 3:18 a.m.

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Case Details

State / Territory: Georgia

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 12, 1973

Closing Date: Nov. 12, 1976

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

white, black, former, present, and prospective inmates in all Georgia penal institutions

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Bibb County Jail (Bibb), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Slavery/Involuntary servitude

Equal Protection

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

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: 1968 - None

Issues

General:

Administrative segregation

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Type of Facility:

Government-run