NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS LBAC JURY VERDICT IN FAVOR OF ORANGE COUNTY IN JAIL SVP CASE

On September 28, 2015, the Ninth Circuit issued an Opinion in favor of Orange County in an SVP case alleging unconstitutional conditions of confinement. Rhoden v. County of Orange et. al, Case No. SACV08-00420 MWF (SSx). Plaintiff was a repeated sex offender, and had been convicted of a series of rapes he committed in California and Tennessee in the 1980s. Continue reading

BEACH AND CLARK ACHIEVE INFORMAL RESOLUTION OF CLASS ACTION CASE INVOLVING MOBILITY IMPAIRED INMATES IN THE LA COUNTY JAILS

On March 23, 2015, United States District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson granted final approval of a settlement in Peter Johnson v. County of Los Angeles, U.S.D.C. Case No. CV 08-03515 DDP (SHx), which is a class action case for injunctive relief brought by mobility impaired inmates in the Los Angeles County jails. The settlement was the result of lengthy and complex settlement negotiations, Continue reading

LAWRENCE, SPRENGER AND LI END INJUNCTION IN JAIL CASE

In February 2014, David Lawrence, Christina Sprenger and Allen Li successfully ended an injunction governing disabled inmates housed in the Orange County jail system. The injunction was the result of a class action brought in 2001 on behalf of past, present and future disabled pre-trial detainees, alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar state laws. In 2005, the matter went to trial before Continue reading

LBAC WINS TRIAL AGAINST AN SVP PLAINTIFF IN JAIL CONDITIONS CASE

Plaintiff Lawtis Donald Rhoden was held in custody as a civil detainee at the Orange County Jail from 2004 through 2006 while awaiting a probable cause hearing under California’s Sexually Violent Predator Act. Plaintiff claimed that his conditions of confinement violated the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause because they were less considerate than the conditions afforded to criminal detainees, deputies had Continue reading

LAWRENCE GETS DEFENSE VERDICT IN DELIBERATE INDIFFERENCE TO MEDICAL NEEDS CASE

This federal wrongful death case was brought by decedent’s wife and two daughters. Decedent Russell Cotton was 62 years of age at the time of his death at the Santa Barbara County Jail. During the three-week period prior to his death, decedent began behaving bizarrely, threatening members of his family, and having bizarre delusions. During that time period, prior to his final incarceration, he was involuntarily Continue reading