Hylla denies pro-se plaintiff's motion involving deputy sheriff

Ann Knef Aug. 11, 2011, 6:14am


Madison County Associate Judge Clarence Harrison II has denied a pro-se plaintiff's motion to reconsider a ruling involving a non-party to a suit against Madison County Sheriff Robert Hertz, the department and a local psychiatrist.

Plaintiff Hubert Hill, who is jailed in Madison County, had asked Harrison to reverse a ruling that denied his motion to force a deputy sheriff to appear as a witness in his case.

Hill filed suit earlier this year, claiming that Hertz's office denied him proper psychiatric care.

He also claims that co-defendant Dr. Robert Blankenship of Granite City changed his bi-polar medications improperly.

Hill argued in his motion to reconsider that he would not be able to present "a full and adequate picture of the events in this case without him appearence (sic.)"

The plaintiff seeks an order barring Blankenship from practicing psychiatry, proper psychiatric treatment, and damages in excess of $50,000.

Hertz's office has moved to dismiss Hill's case. Harrison ordered the sheriff's office to transport Hill to court for a hearing on the motion to dismiss set Aug. 12 at 8:30 a.m.

Hill previously sued attorney Morgan Scroggins alleging that Scroggins would not speak to him even though he was representing Hill as his lawyer.

Hill represents himself in the current case.

Heidi Eckert represents the defendants.

Harrison took over the case from Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth.

The case is Madison case number 11-L-027.

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