Nos. 90-1434, 90-1557, 90-1773.

936 F.2d 981 (1991)

William R. LEFFLER and Shirley Jolliff, Plaintiffs-Appellants, Cross-Appellees, v. Ralph MEER, et al., Defendants-Appellees, Cross-Appellants, and Howard Shake, et al., Defendants, Cross-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided July 12, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Michael K. Sutherlin, Indianapolis, Ind., for plaintiffs-appellants, cross-appellees.

Maxwell Gray, Rick Pitts, Lowe, Gray, Steele & Hoffman, Indianapolis, Ind., W. Michael Wilke, Don Hubert Wickens, Wickens, Wickens & Wilke, Margaret Polanski, Greensburg, Ind., for defendants-appellees, cross-appellants.

Before WOOD, Jr. and CUDAHY, Circuit Judges, and ESCHBACH, Senior Circuit Judge.

HARLINGTON WOOD, Jr., Circuit Judge.

At issue in these appeals is the district court's award of "prevailing party" attorney's fees under 42 U.S.C. § 1988 and the denial of Rule 11 sanctions. The original lawsuit underlying this dispute involved the suicide of a pretrial detainee in the Decatur County, Indiana jail.


In 1984, Mark Leffler, a twenty-four year old inmate of the Decatur County jail, committed suicide by hanging himself. His parents...

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