United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
164 F.R.D. 181 (E.D. La. 1995)
Johnny Marino (defendant) was the sheriff of St. Charles Parish. Seven of Marino’s deputies sued him when their commissions as deputies were not renewed. All of the plaintiffs claimed violations of their First Amendment rights. However, the factual bases of their First Amendment claims differed. Several of the plaintiffs alleged violations after they failed or were perceived as failing to support Marino’s bid for re-election. Several other plaintiffs alleged violations after they enforced the law against Marino’s supporters. Others alleged violations as a result of speaking out at public meetings. One plaintiff, Claudette Wilson, alleged violations arising out of her workers’ compensation claim. In addition to the First Amendment claims, several plaintiffs made claims of racial discrimination, including Wilson. Marino filed a motion to sever the plaintiffs’ claims under Rule 20(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP). In the alternative, Marino moved for separate trials pursuant to Rule 42(b).
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Jones, J.)
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