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Coleman v. Frierson

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
607 F. Supp. 1566, aff'd sub nom. Coleman v. Smith, 814 F.2d 1142 (7th Cir. 1987)


In 1982, Samuel Coleman (plaintiff), a special investigator for the Village of Robbins, was authorized to investigate police corruption that indicated the mayor’s involvement. Coleman was later fired as part of a cover-up. Coleman sued the Village of Robbins, its police chief, and its mayor (defendants), alleging that they violated his Fourteenth Amendment rights. More than a year after Coleman filed the complaint, the judge imposed a default judgment as to the defendants’ liability because of their willful delinquency during discovery. The jury subsequently awarded Coleman a verdict for over a half million dollars in damages. The court entered judgment on the verdict. The defendants appealed from the court’s judgment

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Shadur, J.)

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