Notable Cases

Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver v. The Hurt Locker, LLC.

Dezsi is currently representing on appeal Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver who was portrayed in the Oscar-winning film “The Hurt Locker.”  In his lawsuit, Sgt. Sarver alleges that his life story was taken without his permission and made into the feature film “The Hurt Locker.”  The lawsuit names as Defendants both Mark Boal who wrote the screenplay […]

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Shweika v. Dep’t of Homeland Security, 723 F.3d 710 (6th Cir. 2013)

In this immigration case, Dezsi represented a man who had fought for nine years to get his citizenship after completing all the requirements.  After the federal court dismissed his case based on jurisdictional grounds, Dezsi won a reversal by the Sixth Circuit.   This case was also the subject of widespread legal commentary for establishing new […]

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United States v. Alonzo Bates, 473 Fed.Appx. 446 (6th Cir. 2012)

In this federal habeas corpus action, Dezsi represented a former Detroit City Counsel member who was convicted of public corruption. In the habeas petition, Dezsi challenged as unconstitutional the jury selection process of the federal court after it was discovered that Wayne County and African Americans were not fairly represented on federal juries in Detroit. […]

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Estate of Nicholas Rice v. Correctional Medical Services, 675 F.3d 650 (7th Cir. 2012)

This case involved the tragic death of a young man while in the custody of the Elkhart County Jail in Indiana.  The evidence in the case established that the young man, who was suffering from schizophrenia, was put in solitary confinement and housed in filthy, inhumane conditions.  Following his death, his Estate filed a federal […]

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Sanders-Burns v. City of Plano, Texas, 594 F.3d 366 (5th Cir. 2010)

This civil rights action was brought by the family of a man who died of asphyxiation after being placed in handcuffs by officers of the City of Plano, Texas.   After the case was dismissed by the trial court, Dezsi took the matter up on appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans […]

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Moldowan v. City of Warren, et. al., 578 F.3d 351 (6th Cir. 2009)

In this disturbing case, Dezsi represented two individuals who were wrongfully imprisoned for almost thirteen years for the brutal rape and kidnapping of a woman who had been found in Detroit in 1990.  Evidence later surfaced that implicated others of the crime, and there was evidence that the Warren Police Department withheld this information that […]

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In the matter of Fieger, Federal Election Commission Matter Under Review 5818

Dezsi also successfully defended Mr. Fieger and the Fieger Law Firm in a civil dispute with the Federal Election Commission.  After appearing for a probable cause hearing at the Commission in Washington DC, Dezsi managed to deadlock the vote of the Commission and settle the matter for a fraction of the millions of dollars of […]

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Geoffrey Fieger v. Michigan Supreme Court, 2007 WL 2571975 (E.D. Mich 2007), vacated on other grounds, 553 F.3d 955 (6th Cir. 2009)

Dezsi represented Mr. Fieger in a second high-profile battle against the Michigan Supreme Court over the constitutionality of Michigan’s ‘civility’ rules of professional conduct.  Fieger was charged with professional misconduct after speaking critically of several Michigan Court of Appeals judges.  Representing Mr. Fieger, Dezsi challenged the rules as a violation of Fieger’s First Amendment rights […]

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Wilcox v. Munger, 2007 WL 4463926 (Mich. App. 2007)

In this case, Dezsi represented  a young woman who had been sexually assaulted in her home by a Southfield police officer who responded to a call for help.  After she reported the incident, the police officer committed suicide.  In response to the woman’s lawsuit, the City of Southfield claimed that it was not responsible for […]

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Cooper-Morton v. Washtenaw County, 222 Fed.Appx. 459 (6th Cir. 2007)

This civil rights action was brought by the Estate of a young man who died while in the custody of the Washtenaw County Jail.  The claims involved whether the Defendants violated the Eighth Amendment’s cruel and unusual punishment clause.  The case was dismissed by the district court, but Dezsi successfully secured a reversal and reinstatement […]

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Geoffrey Fieger v. John Ferry, 471 F.3d 637 (6th Cir. 2006)

In a stunning victory at the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Dezsi successfully obtained a reversal of the lower court’s dismissal of Mr. Fieger’s lawsuit against the Michigan Supreme Court.  In the case, Fieger claimed that members of the Michigan Supreme Court who were overtly biased against him were violating the Fourteenth Amendment of the […]

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