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COOPER v. CASEY
November 29, 1993
DARNELL COOPER and ANTHONY DAVIS, Plaintiffs,
MICHAEL CASEY, et al., Defendants.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: MILTON I. SHADUR
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow ("Glasgow") has moved to dismiss Count 4 of the Supplemental Complaint filed in this action by Darnell Cooper ("Cooper") and Anthony Davis ("Davis").
Count 4 charges Glasgow with having presented evidence to a Will County Grand Jury--evidence as to the saine incident that forms the gravamen of the Cooper-Davis 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Complaint against the other state actor defendants in this action--"in bad faith in order to harass and retaliate against plaintiffs for exercising their constitutional rights to initiate a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action against various employees of the Illinois Department of Corrections" (Complaint P 90). Cooper and Davis seek an injunction against Glasgow's prosecution of the criminal assault indictments that were then returned against them by the Grand Jury.
To support his dismissal from this action, Glasgow seeks to invoke the seminal Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37, 27 L. Ed. 2d 669, 91 S. Ct. 746 (1991) decision involving the Anti-Injunction Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2283, to bar federal court injunctions against state court prosecutions. But our Court of Appeals' most recent exposition of the Younger doctrine ( Arkebauer v. Kiley, 985 F.2d 1351, 1357-59 (7th Cir. 1993)) does not at all counsel the unavailability of injunctive relief against a prosecution that is motivated by retaliation, as Cooper and Davis have alleged here. Such an assertedly retaliatory prosecution was the subject of an extended and thoughtful discussion upholding such a claim in Wilson v. Thompson, 593 F.2d 1375 (5th Cir. 1979)--indeed, Arkebauer itself (985 F.2d at 1358 n.9) cited favorably a later Fifth Circuit decision ( Fitzgerald v. Peek, 636 F.2d 943 (5th Cir. 1981)) for the proposition that "bad faith
is established when the prosecution was motivated by retaliation." And Arkebauer, 985 F.2d at 1358-59 also quoted an earlier Seventh Circuit decision, Collins v. County of Kendall, 807 F.2d 95, 98 (7th Cir. 1986), as having "elaborated on the type of showing when a plaintiff asserts bad faith prosecution as a Younger exception"--and the quoted excerpt from Collins had in turn specifically quoted from Wilson's equating of retaliatory prosecution with bad faith prosecution.
Accordingly Glasgow's motion to dismiss is denied. This Court also vacates its November 15, 1993 order in which it had stayed discovery on Glasgow's motion pending its ruling on the motion to dismiss. Glasgow is ordered to answer the Complaint and to respond to all prior discovery requests on or before December 9, 1993. This action is set for a next status hearing at 9:00 a.m. December 13, 1993.
Senior United States District Judge
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