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Hoffman v. Knoebel

United States District Court, S.D. Indiana, New Albany Division

July 6, 2017

DESTINY HOFFMAN, Plaintiffs,
v.
SUSAN KNOEBEL, Defendants.

          ORDER ON DEFENDANTS' MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AT DOCKET NOS. 218, 221, 225, & 230.

          SARAH EVANS BARKER, JUDGE

         This cause is before the Court on motions for summary judgment filed by Defendants Clark County Board of Commissioners [Docket No. 221], Clark County Chief Probation Officer Henry Ford [Docket No. 218], Clark County Drug Treatment Court Case Manager Josh Seybold [Docket No. 230], Director of the Clark County Drug Treatment Court Program Susan Knoebel [Docket No. 225], and Clark Circuit Court 2 Bailiff Jeremy Snelling [Docket No. 225]. For the reasons explained below, Defendants' motions reflected at Docket Nos. 218 and 221 are GRANTED in full, and Defendants' motions reflected at Docket Nos. 225 and 230 are GRANTED in part.

         Background

         The procedural history of this litigation is protracted and convoluted, eventually involving twenty-one Plaintiffs and nine Defendants, and spanning more than three years and 280 docket entries. For purposes of this entry, we have distilled the facts to those relevant to the sole issue addressed by this order, to wit, determining the real party in interest with regard to Plaintiffs' official-capacity claims.

         This suit was initiated on February 18, 2014, by eight named Plaintiffs suing on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated, against the following Defendants:

Judge Jerome F. Jacobi, the presiding judge of Clark Circuit Court 2 and the Clark County Drug Treatment Court,
Susan Knoebel, the Director of the Drug Treatment Court Program,
Jeremy Snelling, the Courtroom Bailiff for Clark Circuit Court 2 and the Drug Treatment Court,
Henry Ford, the Chief Probation Officer of Clark County,
Danny Rodden, the Clark County Sherriff,
Danielle Grissett, the Clark County Work Release Director,
Stephen Mason, the Executive Director of Clark County Community Corrections,
The Clark County Board of Commissioners, and
Certain “unknown” Circuit Court employees (later represented by Whitney Newton).[1]

Dkt. 1 ¶¶ 18-26.

         On April 8, 2014, before any Defendant had answered the Complaint, Plaintiffs filed an Amended Complaint adding eight new named Plaintiffs and one new Defendant, Josh Seybold, a Case Manager ...


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