Case: Rodney v. Murphy

05-04405 | Maryland state trial court

Filed Date: April 22, 2005

Closed Date: Sept. 15, 2006

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Case Summary

This case, Rodney v. Murphy, 24-C-05004405, was the first of three recent cases alleging mistreatment of persons arrested and taken to Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center ("Central Booking" or "CBIC") for booking and processing. (The other cases were JC-MD-0007: Jones v. Murphy, Case No. 1:05-cv-01287-CCB (D. Md. 2005) and JC-MD-0008: Maryland NAACP v. Baltimore City Police Department 1:06-cv-01863-CCB (D. Md. 2006).) Central Booking was opened in 1995 as the central location for boo…

This case, Rodney v. Murphy, 24-C-05004405, was the first of three recent cases alleging mistreatment of persons arrested and taken to Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center ("Central Booking" or "CBIC") for booking and processing. (The other cases were JC-MD-0007: Jones v. Murphy, Case No. 1:05-cv-01287-CCB (D. Md. 2005) and JC-MD-0008: Maryland NAACP v. Baltimore City Police Department 1:06-cv-01863-CCB (D. Md. 2006).) Central Booking was opened in 1995 as the central location for booking and processing arrestees in Baltimore City. Operated by the Maryland Division of Pretrial Detention and Services, part of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, CBIC processed approximately 100,000 arrestees annually.

In Rodney v. Murphy, the Maryland Office of the Public Defender filed a petition for habeas corpus on April 22, 2005, in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, on behalf of over 50 named persons who were Public Defender's clients detained in Central Booking and not taken before a Court Commissioner within 24 hours, as required by state law. On April 25, 2005 the Circuit Court (Judge John M. Glynn) certified the case as a class action, defining the class as all individuals arrested and detained in Central Booking and waiting to see a judicial officer as required by Maryland law. That same day, Judge Glynn also issued a temporary restraining order requiring Central Booking to bring each detainee before a judicial officer within 24 hours or release the individual.

In an unusual move, the City of Baltimore moved to intervene in the case on June 29, 2005, describing Central Booking as "dysfunctional" and lacking "appropriate or adequate management systems and practices to assure performance and accountability." The City claimed that, in its current state, Central Booking threatened the health, welfare and safety of the citizens of Baltimore and interfered with the operation of the Police Department. Judge Glynn allowed the City to participate as amicus curiae, but reserved ruling on intervention.

The TRO was later extended to February 9, 2006, and thereafter extended again. The ultimate disposition of the case is not clear from the Court's docket, but the docket does indicate the case was dismissed by Court on September 15, 2006.

We have no further information on this matter.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (2/12/2008)

Related Cases

Jones v. Murphy, District of Maryland (2005)

Maryland NAACP v. Baltimore City Police Department, District of Maryland (2006)

People


Judge(s)

Glynn, John M. (Maryland)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Finegar, Natalie McKeown (Maryland)

Hess, Wendy Noel (Maryland)

Tyler, Ralph S. (Maryland)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Barr, Judith (Maryland)

Brockman, William F. (Maryland)

Marrow, Glenn Todd (Maryland)

Pothier, Karl Aram (Maryland)

Judge(s)

Glynn, John M. (Maryland)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Finegar, Natalie McKeown (Maryland)

Hess, Wendy Noel (Maryland)

Tyler, Ralph S. (Maryland)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Barr, Judith (Maryland)

Brockman, William F. (Maryland)

Marrow, Glenn Todd (Maryland)

Pothier, Karl Aram (Maryland)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

05-04405

Docket

Sept. 15, 2006

Sept. 15, 2006

Docket

05-04405

Temporary Restraining Order

Rodney v. Murphy

Maryland state appellate court

April 26, 2005

April 26, 2005

Order/Opinion

05-04405

Extension of Temporary Restraining Order and Postponement of Further Hearings

Maryland state appellate court

May 26, 2005

May 26, 2005

Order/Opinion

05-04405

Opinion [regarding motion to intervene]

Rodney v. Murphy

Maryland state appellate court

Sept. 25, 2005

Sept. 25, 2005

Order/Opinion

05-04405

Order [regarding motion to intervene]

Rodney v. Murphy

Maryland state appellate court

Sept. 29, 2005

Sept. 29, 2005

Order/Opinion

05-04405

Order

Maryland state appellate court

Nov. 17, 2005

Nov. 17, 2005

Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated Aug. 24, 2022, 3:02 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Maryland

Case Type(s):

Jail Conditions

Key Dates

Filing Date: April 22, 2005

Closing Date: Sept. 15, 2006

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

All individuals arrested and detained in Central Booking and waiting to see a judicial officer as required by Maryland law.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Maryland Division of Pretrial Detention and Services, State

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

State law

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Order Duration: 2005 - None

Issues

General:

Over/Unlawful Detention

Affected Gender:

Female

Male

Type of Facility:

Government-run