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Plaintiff, Stephen Brent McNeely, has filed a claim under 28 U.S.C. section 1983 against Defendant, Sergeant Salmon, a former employee at South Florida Reception Center, alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment. Specifically, Mr. McNeely alleges Defendant used excessive force by grabbing and twisting Plaintiffs neck until he was on the ground, causing a neck injury and ongoing pain. Plaintiff further alleges Defendant was deliberately indifferent in response to Plaintiffs declared mental health emergency by telling Plaintiff he didn't care if he cut his own throat, resulting in Plaintiff cutting his own throat and needing approximately 40 stitches.

Defendant has answered the complaint, and discovery will begin soon.

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Pro se Plaintiff Jean Baptiste Mackenson filed a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint again Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. Plaintiff was arrested on November 14, 2018 on an alleged felony violation and transported to the Palm Beach County Jail, where he was detained pending a bond hearing. After being granted bond, Plaintiff posted his bond on March 17, 2019. Plaintiff filed a motion requesting entry of an order directing his immediate release to home confinement, as per the conditions of his bond. Despite posting bond, plaintiff was held pursuant to a 48-hour Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) hold. ICE never obtained custody of Plaintiff, and he remained in custody until he pled guilty in December 2020. Defendant has filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiffs excessive continued detention complaint. Plaintiff has not filed a response.

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Plaintiff Juan C. Pena Bejerano has filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that his constitutional rights were violated when he was unlawfully detained for the purpose of being declared a Sexually Violent Predator after the expiration of his criminal sentence. Plaintiff asserts claims for violations of his Fourth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights.
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Pro se Plaintiff, Marlon Lewis, filed this action seeking review of an unfavorable decision by the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration on Plaintiffs claim for disability insurance benefits. Plaintiff contends that he is entitled to disability benefits because he has several severe medical impairments that prevent him from working. The complaint was filed on June 29, 2021, and Defendant has not yet filed a response.

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Plaintiff Aaron Mohanlal brings this action under section 1983 asserting First Amendment claims against several prison officials at the South Bay Correctional Facility for retaliation for using prison grievance procedures.  Specifically, Plaintiff claims retaliatory acts of (1) a disciplinary report in response to his filing of grievances and (2) a transfer to a different correctional facility.

The Court has already ruled on the summary judgment motion and the case is trial ready.  Due to Covid restrictions, the case has not been scheduled for trial.  Once pro bono counsel has entered an appearance, the Court will conduct a status conference and set the case for trial. Plaintiff is currently housed at the Okeechobee Correctional Institution.

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The Plaintiff filed this action alleging unlawful eviction and housing discrimination. She brings federal and state causes of action. This case is in its early stages, and the Defendants have not yet been served.
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Plaintiff, Cephas Norris Leonard, brings this action under Sec. 1983 asserting Fourteenth Amendment claims against two Martin County deputy sheriffs for the use of excessive force during an investigatory stop and arrest of Leonard made in July 2015 in Stuart, Florida. After Detectives Croft and Doyle stopped Plaintiff for riding a motorized bicycle on the wrong side of the road, he alleges he declined a voluntary search of his person, at which point the officers allegedly threw him face down to the ground, handcuffed him, and continued to kick and beat him about the  face, ribs, back and sides after he was immobilized.  He alleges his requests for medical attention at the scene were refused, and he was instead delivered to the Martin County Jail for booking on the charges of resisting arrest and battery on a police officer.  X-rays taken seven days later revealed fractured ribs.  

The Complaint has been screened by the Court under 28 U.S.C. §1915.  The Plaintiffs claims against the Martin County Sheriff, William Snyder, were dismissed in that process, while Plaintiffs individual Sec. 1983 claims against Officers Doyle and Croft have survived a motion to dismiss and a motion for summary judgment.   The case is scheduled for trial in October 2021 at the Fort Pierce United States Courthouse.  The Plaintiff is currently confined at the Liberty Correctional Institution in Bristol, Florida.

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Plaintiff, a prisoner at the Federal Detention Center in Miami filed a petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2241 complaining of civil rights violations. Plaintiff complains of continuous civil rights violations stemming from his arrest, interrogation, and incarceration. Plaintiff was granted leave to amend his claims pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1983. The amended complaint is due July 12, 2021.
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This case is an enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging that Defendants issued, marketed, and sold unregistered, fraudulent securities to fund short-term loans to small businesses—known as "merchant cash advances."  The SEC contends that Defendant Complete Business Solutions Group, Inc. d/b/a Par Funding issued promissory notes—at first directly to investors and subsequently through Agent Funds—to raise money for the opportunistic merchant cash advance loans it made to small businesses.  The SEC further alleges that Defendants made misrepresentations to investors regarding the safety of the investment, the use of investor proceeds, and the Defendants’ regulatory/criminal history.  One of the Defendants, Michael C. Furman, who the SEC alleges operated Agent Funds that raised money for Par Funding, is seeking representation through the Volunteer Attorney Program.
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Petitioner Gedeon Joseph has filed a habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 challenging the constitutionality of his convictions and sentences for conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, which were entered following a guilty plea in Case No.19-cr-60055-UU-2. Petitioner argues that he was denied effective assistance of counsel because (1) his counsel failed to provide him with any discovery during his case and (2) his attorney failed to present any argument challenging Petitioners convictions or sentences based on United States v. Davis, 139 S. Ct. 2319 (2019).
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