Updated - July 29, 2021

Beaman v. Normal (Illinois Supreme Court)

Wrongful Convictions
Alan Beaman spent over a decade in prison after being wrongfully convicted of the 1993 murder of his ex-girlfriend. The MacArthur Justice Center represents Mr. Beaman in his lawsuit against the City of Normal and the three former Normal police officers who orchestrated the wrongful conviction.

Filed - April 11, 2014

Updated - June 4, 2021

Thomas v. Jurgensen

Advocating for the Rights of the Incarcerated
After Leon Thomas was subjected to despicable conditions of confinement in a non-ADA compliant solitary confinement cell, despite demonstrated and severe physical challenges including a transtibial amputation, he sued officials of the Federal Bureau of Prisons. The DOJ asserted failure-to-exhaust when answering Mr. Thomas’ complaint only to disavow it 16 times during the course of...

Filed - March 4, 2020

Updated - June 1, 2021

Stewart v. City of Euclid

Police Abuse
In June 2021, the Supreme Court denied our petition for certiorari. The Stewart family continues their fight for justice and to hold accountable the officers who killed Luke Stewart. 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...

Filed - January 11, 2021

Updated - May 25, 2021

Mitchell v. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, et al.

Rights of Protesters
In the fall of 2016, Marcus Mitchell traveled to North Dakota to join the peaceful water protectors in their demonstration against the construction of the DAPL. As a Diné from the Navajo nation, he was answering the Great Sioux Nation’s call to peacefully stand in support of the Nation’s sovereignty and to help them protect...

Filed - July 8, 2019

Updated - May 10, 2021

Wooden v. United States

Advocating for the Rights of the Incarcerated
Has an individual who committed more than one robbery at the same location, but sequentially in time, committed offenses “on occasions different from one another” for purposes of a sentencing enhancement under the Armed Career Criminal Act (“ACCA”)? This is the question the Supreme Court will resolve in Wooden v. United States. Wooden robbed a...

Filed - May 10, 2021

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