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Civil Procedure Keyed to Hazard
Kedra v. City of Philadelphia
Citation:454 F. Supp. 652 (1978)
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Dolores Kedra and her adult and minor children (Plaintiffs) sued The City of Philadelphia and numerous officials and officers of the Police Department (Defendants) for engaging in a systemic pattern of harassment, threats, and coercion with the intent of depriving Plaintiffs of their rights. The allegations included a series of arrests, interrogations, and beatings that spanned fifteen months. All Defendants moved to dismiss the case, arguing that Plaintiff Kedra could not bring the claims on behalf of her minor children and that joinder of the Defendants’ was improper under Rule 20(a).
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