December 19, 2019

          Diane and Andre Johnson, who were arrested following their criticism of a police officer's arrest of a third party, brought an action against the police officers alleging false arrest, retaliatory arrest, and malicious prosecution under § 1983, and against the county for municipal liability under § 1983.  Johnson v. DeKalb County, Georgia, 391 F.Supp.3d 1224 (N.D. Ga. 2019). Defendants moved for summary judgment.

          The Johnsons had gone to...

December 11, 2019

          Thomas Brennan, an inmate, slipped and fell on a wax concrete floor in prison, rupturing several discs in his neck and lower spine. He underwent neck surgery in September 2011 and was prescribed Vicodin for pain. The prison physician continued to prescribe narcotic pain medication for Brennan’s chronic pain. In June 2012, Brennan was transferred to another prison, where he submitted requests for medical treatment to have his pain medication renewed. He was evaluated by Dr. Dyjerlynn La...

December 6, 2019

            In Conway v. Jones, __ S.E. 2d __, 2019 WL5417726 (2019) the Georgia Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s denial of a sheriff’s motion to dismiss.  Plaintiff Janise Latrell Jones (“Jones”) filed suit against Sheriff R.L. “Butch” Conway (“Conway”) in his official capacity after a former sheriff’s deputy allegedly sexually assaulted Jones.  Jones alleged Conway was negligent through respondeat superior and by 1) allowing mal...

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