Since the opening of his law practice, David has represented plaintiffs in difficult civil rights cases against government agencies and those acting on behalf of the government.
These cases have included actions against law enforcement agents and their agencies for the use of excessive force and wrongful deaths, cases against local jails and state prisons over their conditions, voting rights and ballot access cases for small political parties and independent candidates, and many other kinds of civil rights claims and claims brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Through class actions he has brought in this area, David has been able to bring about systemic change in many public services systems, including Alabama’s public school, foster care, and indigent defense systems, and in its jails and prisons. In individual cases, David has obtained injunctive relief and significant money damages for his clients.
At the request of the ACLU, David recently represented the Alabama parties before the United States Supreme Court in the Voting Rights Act case Shelby County v. Holder.
In another recent series of cases, David briefed and argued a case before the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals that led to a landmark decision striking down a provision of Alabama’s Community Notification Act that discriminated against indigent and homeless criminal defendants. See State v. Adams.
On May 11, 2015, David filed a civil rights action in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against the Sheriff of Broward County, FL, a deputy, and the County, alleging the unconstitutional shooting of a 33 year old African-American IT engineer named Jermaine McBean and a conspiracy to cover-up the true facts of his homicide at the hands of the Sheriff’s deputy. The case also alleges systemic problems within the Sheriff’s Office with respect to the use of deadly force against civilians. The case is Young v. Peraza.
David currently is awaiting decision in constitutional challenges to ballot access laws in Illinois, Virginia, and Alabama, and is preparing a constitutional challenge to ballot access laws in Maryland.
David also is preparing to file a civil rights action against a county in Alabama arising from the tragic death of a young man who was jailed for missing a child support hearing. He was left to lie in jail for a week in agony without eating and without medical care for an ulcer that ultimately perforated and caused him to die.
Please contact David Schoen, Attorney at Law for a consultation so that we can investigate your claim and initiate the necessary legal action ( 334) 395-6611.