Jackson Walker Obtains Supreme Court Dismissal of Case Involving Coleman County Jail

July 11, 2022 | Client Results

On June 30, 2022, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in a case involving qualified immunity for the Coleman County sheriff, jailer, and jail administrator.

The case was filed by the family of a detainee who committed suicide at the Coleman County jail. In 2021, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the county officials were entitled to qualified immunity and to be dismissed from the case. Specifically, the Fifth Circuit concluded that the officers had not violated any clearly established constitutional right.

The detainee’s family sought review of the Fifth Circuit’s decision by filing a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. The Court requested briefing in response from the county officials before ultimately denying certiorari and allowing the Fifth Circuit ruling entitling the officers to qualified immunity to stand.

Jackson Walker partners Jon Mark Hogg and Amanda N. Crouch led the Firm’s representation of Coleman County. The team also included Scott McElhaney, Danica Milios, and Adam Aston.

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In This Story

Adam Aston
Senior Counsel, Austin

Amanda N. Crouch
Partner, San Antonio

Scott M. McElhaney
Partner, Dallas

Danica L. Milios
Senior Counsel, Austin