Selected Court Opinions in Haddad & Sherwin Cases:

M.H. v. Alameda County, et al.
Settlement Order: California Jail Medical Care. Corizon – the largest jail healthcare corporation in America – must staff all Calfornia jails with qualified RN’s instead of uncredentialed LVN’s

Hesterberg v. United States
Verdict and opinion finding that Defendant Park Ranger unlawfully Tased a dog walker in a national park area.

Burns v. Redwood City
(No. C-08-2995 RS) (N.D. Cal. 2005). Order allowing claims of diabetic “Mr. Universe” against police to proceed to trial

Boisture v. Michigan State Trooper
(6th Cir. 1996). Denying qualified immunity to state trooper who broke plaintiff’s artificial knee

Dimas v. City of Warren
939 F.Supp. 554 (E.D. Mich. 1996). Striking down local ordinance that unconstitutionally limited political signs

Heurtebise v. Reliable Business Computers, Inc.
452 Mich. 405, 550 N.W. 2d 243 (1996), cert. den. A leading Michigan Supreme Court case rejecting mandatory employment arbitration

Perry v. McGinnis
209 F.3d 597 (6th Cir. 2000)- First Amendment and Equal Protection ruling for first African-American male Administrative Law Judge in the Michigan Department of Corrections

Lifton v. City of Vacaville
(9th Cir. 2003)- Upholding jury verdict for mother of schizophrenic man killed by police

Spencer v. U.S.D.C.
393 F.3d 867 (9th Cir. 2004). Deciding novel issue of federal court jurisdiction

Wilkins v. City of Oakland
350 F.3d 949 (9th Cir. 2003), cert. denied, 125 S.Ct. 43 (2004). Denying qualified immunity to police officers who mistakenly shot and killed fellow undercover officer

Wilkins v. City of Oakland
(No. C-01-1402 MMC) (N.D. Cal. 2004). District court order re: damages in civil rights wrongful death case

Coles v. City of Oakland
(No. C-03-2961 TEH) (N.D. Cal. 2005). District court order re: crowd control and “less-lethal” force

Other Useful Documents:

Revised Oakland Crowd Control Policy

Know Your Rights Card
Keep this card handy. You never know when you’ll need it. With thanks to Bay Area Police Watch.

Helpful Links:

American Association for Justice

American Civil Liberties Union

American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee

Center for Constitutional Rights

City of Oakland

City of San Francisco

Consumer Attorneys of California

Democracy Now! Independent Media


Human Rights Campaign

Institute for Middle East Understanding

NAACP – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Council of La Raza

National Police Accountability Project

Oakland Magazine

Save the Redwoods League

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

United States District Court for the Northern District of California