Case: Head v. King

3:84-cv-00209 | U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana

Filed Date: March 2, 1984

Closed Date: 1994

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Case Summary

On March 2, 1984, inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana, filed a lawsuit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the Louisiana Department of Corrections in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs alleged that their constitutional rights had been violated by the prison's treatment of inmates who were mentally ill or had an intellectual disability.

On April 7, 1989, the parties entered into a consent decree, where the defendants agreed in good faith to carry out the plaintiffs' proposed plan for mental health and intellectual disability treatment, which had been submitted on September 27, 1988. On January 28, 1994, the defendants asked the court to relieve them from their obligation to comply further with the consent decree and close the case. On February 1, 1994, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (Judge Frank J. Polozola) granted the defendants' motion to dismiss the case.

Summary Authors

Kristen Sagar (3/10/2006)

People


Judge(s)

Polozola, Frank Joseph (Louisiana)

Riedlinger, Stephen C. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

McGlasson, Robert L. (Texas)

Samaha, John N. (Louisiana)

Utter, David J. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Curry, Richard A. (Louisiana)

Kline, William Lester (Louisiana)

Kopsa, Joseph Erwin (Louisiana)

Levert, Jo Ann P. (Louisiana)

Reiger, Shannan Sweeney (Louisiana)

Judge(s)

Polozola, Frank Joseph (Louisiana)

Riedlinger, Stephen C. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

McGlasson, Robert L. (Texas)

Samaha, John N. (Louisiana)

Utter, David J. (Louisiana)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Curry, Richard A. (Louisiana)

Kline, William Lester (Louisiana)

Kopsa, Joseph Erwin (Louisiana)

Levert, Jo Ann P. (Louisiana)

Reiger, Shannan Sweeney (Louisiana)

Viator, Annette Marie (Louisiana)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket (PACER)

Dec. 12, 1996 Docket

Consent Decree

April 7, 1989 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link

This case is skeleton docketed 4/29/93 (rgm) (Entered: 04/29/1993)

March 2, 1984
1

COMPLAINT (rgm) (Entered: 04/29/1993)

March 2, 1984

Set magistrate assignment. (rgm) (Entered: 04/29/1993)

March 2, 1984

CASE REFERRED to Mag. Judge Stephen C. Riedlinger (rgm) (Entered: 04/29/1993)

March 2, 1984

Case closed (rgm) (Entered: 04/29/1993)

May 8, 1989
168

NOTICE of Hearing: setting Status Conference immediately following the 9:30am stat cnf in 71-98 5/24/93 , issued notices. (ph) (Entered: 05/11/1993)

May 10, 1993
169

ORDER...a stat conf was held on 5/24/93...matter will be reviewed in approx 60 days and assigned for another stat conf if the issues set forth in the 4/16/93 letter from counsel for the pltfs have not been resolved ( signed by Mag. Judge Stephen C. Riedlinger ), issued notices. (ph) (Entered: 06/09/1993)

June 8, 1993
170

LETTER/Utter to Kline...re: task force (ph) (Entered: 06/09/1993)

June 8, 1993
171

NOTICE of Hearing: set Status Conference for 2:30 7/22/93 before SCR, issued notices. (pah) (Entered: 07/16/1993)

July 15, 1993
172

ORDER, Vacating administrative closure and protective order medical and mental health records of inmate members of the pltf class shall be produced upon request by counsel for pltf class. Pleadings and other papers filed in this case contaiing any reference to an id member of the ptlf class or any other inmate shall be filed under seal as an exhibit to the pleading or document. ( signed by Mag. Judge Stephen C. Riedlinger ), issued notices. (ph) (Entered: 07/27/1993)

July 26, 1993
173

MOTION by John Head, James Phillip Shannon, Kevin Berry, Bobby Grisby, Bobby Thompson, Melvin Majors, John NMI Chambers, John Fulford, Billy McCoy to Show Cause ( Motion Hearing set for 8/20/93 ) (ph) (Entered: 07/30/1993)

July 29, 1993
174

MEMORANDUM by John Head, James Phillip Shannon, Kevin Berry, Bobby Grisby, Bobby Thompson, Melvin Majors, John NMI Chambers, John Fulford, Billy McCoy, Thomas NMI Hurst in support of [173-1] motion to Show Cause by plaintiffs (ph) (Entered: 07/30/1993)

July 29, 1993
175

MOTION by John T. King, Ross Maggio to enroll additional counsel (ph) (Entered: 08/11/1993)

Aug. 10, 1993
176

MOTION by John T. King, Ross Maggio to Extend Time (ph) (Entered: 08/11/1993)

Aug. 10, 1993
177

ORDER denying [176-1] motion to Extend Time ( signed by Mag. Judge Stephen C. Riedlinger ), issued notices. (ph) (Entered: 08/12/1993)

Aug. 11, 1993
178

ORDER granting [175-1] motion to enroll additional counsel enrolling additional attorney Richard A. Curry, Shannan Sweeney Rieger ( signed by Mag. Judge Stephen C. Riedlinger ), issued notices. (ph) (Entered: 08/12/1993)

Aug. 11, 1993
179

LETTER/Rieger to SCR...re: confirm telephone conference (ph) (Entered: 08/19/1993)

Aug. 18, 1993
180

ORDER granting [173-1] motion to Show Cause, setting Discovery deadline to 12/3/93 Parties are allowed to conduct discovery until 12/3/93 to ascertain the extent of the defts alelged past and present non- compliance iwth the terms and conditions of the consent decree entered in this case. ( signed by Mag. Judge Stephen C. Riedlinger ), issued notices. (ph) (Entered: 09/03/1993)

Sept. 3, 1993
182

ORDER, setting Status Conference for 2:00 11/15/93 to select a date for an evidentiary hearing (P. Sherrard), issued notices. (ds) (Entered: 11/10/1993)

Nov. 9, 1993

Status Conference held (ds) (Entered: 11/17/1993)

Nov. 15, 1993
183

ORDER, terminated deadlines for discovery, parties may conduct additional discovery as they deem in their best interest. ( signed by Mag. Judge Stephen C. Riedlinger ), issued notices. (ds) (Entered: 11/17/1993)

Nov. 17, 1993
184

MOTION by John Head, James Phillip Shannon, Kevin Berry, Bobby Grisby, Bobby Thompson, Melvin Majors, John NMI Chambers, John Fulford, Billy McCoy, Thomas NMI Hurst, John T. King that the court enter an order relieving defts from compliance with Consent Decree, Administratively closing this case, and finding defts have not ocmplied with all terms of Proposed Plan (ds) (Entered: 02/01/1994)

Jan. 28, 1994
185

ORDER granting [184-1] motion that the court enter an order relieving defts from compliance with Consent Decree, Administratively closing this case, and finding defts have not complied with all terms of Proposed Plan ( signed by Judge Frank J. Polozola ), issued notices. (ds) (Entered: 02/02/1994)

Feb. 1, 1994
186

LETTER/Curry...re: Motion and Stipulated Order (ds) (Entered: 02/02/1994)

Feb. 1, 1994
187

ORDER, that clerk administatively terminate this action ( signed by Judge Frank J. Polozola ), issued notices. (ds) (Entered: 02/03/1994)

Feb. 1, 1994
188

MOTION by John Head, James Phillip Shannon, Kevin Berry, Bobby Grisby, Bobby Thompson, Melvin Majors, John NMI Chambers, John Fulford, Billy McCoy, Thomas NMI Hurst, John T. King, Ross Maggio to Dismiss (ph) (Entered: 02/07/1995)

Feb. 6, 1995
189

ORDER granting [188-1] I. This case shall remain administratively closed; II. THis case is dismissed effective 8/1/95 unless prior to that date either party files a writen motion objecting to such dismissal ( signed by Judge Frank J. Polozola ), issued notices. (ph) (Entered: 02/07/1995)

Feb. 6, 1995
190

LETTER to Judge Polozola and J. Whitley from R. Stadler RE: Relocation of Clinical Services Unit I (hcj) (Entered: 12/19/1996)

Dec. 12, 1996

State / Territory: Louisiana

Case Type(s):

Prison Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 2, 1984

Closing Date: 1994

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

9 inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: Unknown

Class Action Outcome: Unknown

Defendants

Louisiana Department of Corrections (Angola), State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Constitutional Clause(s):

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 1989 - 1994

Issues

Medical/Mental Health:

Intellectual disability/mental illness dual diagnosis

Mental health care, general

Mental health care, unspecified

Type of Facility:

Government-run