Updated - March 29, 2021

Ballentine v. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

Rights of Protesters
Our clients, Brian Ballentine, Catalino Dazo, and Kelly Patterson, are members of the “Sunset Activist Collective,” an activist group in Las Vegas. As part of their activist activities, the group writes protest messages critical of the police in chalk on the sidewalks in front of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police headquarters and the state courthouse....

Filed - January 27, 2021

Updated - March 26, 2021

Harmon v. City of Arlington, et al.

Police Abuse
On September 1, 2018, a City of Arlington, Texas police officer pulled over O’Shae Terry for an expired registration tag. After approaching Terry’s side of the vehicle, the officer smelled marijuana, and went back to her patrol car, leaving Terry and his passenger, Terrence Harmon, with officer Bau Tran, who was standing next to the...

Filed - December 7, 2020

Updated - March 17, 2021

Washington v. Cannizzaro (Louisiana Fourth Circuit)

Prosecutorial Discretion
The MacArthur Justice Center is suing Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro in light of his office’s practice of gathering evidence using subpoenas that do not have the required advance approval of a court. The suit asks the Orleans Parish Civil District Court to order Cannizzaro to comply with a 2015 public records request for copies of district attorney...

Filed - May 12, 2017

Updated - February 16, 2021

Johnson v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections

Solitary Confinement
For two decades, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections held Roderick Johnson on death row in solitary confinement. The DOC even refused to remove Mr. Johnson from solitary confinement when his conviction and death sentence were vacated after the Commonwealth’s evidence was found wholly unreliable. Mr. Johnson sued pro se, raising Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment claims,...

Filed - November 25, 2019

Updated - February 12, 2021

Buchanan v. Harris

Advocating for the Rights of the Incarcerated
John Buchanan is a transtibial, or below-the-knee, amputee who also has severe disabilities in his arm and hand. After ten months of pre-trial incarceration in Harris County Jail, guards abruptly punished Mr. Buchanan by moving him out of his handicapped-accessible cell and into one that made life intolerably difficult. For the next four months, housed...

Filed - February 5, 2021

Updated - February 10, 2021

Jones v. Slade

Advocating for the Rights of the Incarcerated
Kendrick Lamar’s “Untitled Unmastered.” Snoop Dogg’s “Tha Blue Carpet Treatment.” And Elijah Muhammad’s “Message to the Blackman in America.” The Arizona Department of Corrections confiscated those and other CDs and books from our client, Edward Lee Jones, citing various regulations about drug-related, sexual, or violent content. Meanwhile, other prisoners were allowed to watch TV shows like...

Filed - February 3, 2021

Updated - February 3, 2021

Mays v. Dart

Health and Safety
An emergency class action lawsuit has been against Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart, asking for the immediate release of medically vulnerable people in the Cook County Jail in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Filed - April 3, 2020

Updated - February 2, 2021

Rivera v. Monko, et al.

Access to Courts
In the days leading up to Mr. Rivera’s civil rights trial in which he was representing himself, Mr. Rivera repeatedly asked prison officials for access to electronic legal research material. But the computers were broken, and Defendants never fixed them. So Mr. Rivera instead asked for print research materials, including the Federal Rules of Evidence...

Filed - November 12, 2020

Updated - January 21, 2021

Stewart v. City of Euclid

Police Abuse
A cartoon of a police officer beating an unarmed civilian (caption: “protecting and serving the poop out of you”); a clip from a Chris Rock sketch entitled “How not to get your ass kicked by the police” (sample “tip” from the video: “get a white friend”); and a meme mocking police violence—these are among the...

Filed - January 11, 2021

Updated - January 14, 2021

Mays v. Smith

Access to Courts
In 1971, in a case called Bivens v. Six Unnamed Agents, the Supreme Court held that ordinary people could sue federal officials for money damages where federal officials violated the United States Constitution. But that landmark ruling has been pared back in the decades since. Joseph Randolph Mays was fired from his prison job in retaliation...

Filed - January 14, 2021