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April 10, 2002
Horn v. Brown
Civil rights violated through wrongful arrest

Filed: March 1, 2001, U.S. District Court at Jackson.

Nature of Case: This civil rights lawsuit for violation of the right to direct the education of one's child and for false arrest arises out of the criminal prosecution of the mother of a five-year-old. The child was not enrolled in public school, but the school official was told by the child's grandmother that the mother was planning to home school and that the child "should be in school." The attendance officer filed the criminal complaint after speaking with Mrs. Horn and learning that she was, in fact, planning to home school. The official admits knowing that the child was not yet compulsory attendance age when he filed. Mrs. Horn was arrested, but the criminal case against her was dismissed upon HSLDA's notice of representation. On March 1, 2001, HSLDA filed a lawsuit on behalf of Mrs. Horn for violation of her civil rights.

Status: On April 4, 2002, the parties agreed to a settlement.

Last Updated: April 10, 2002.