Cases & Deals

Going home - victory restores homeless man to residence

Clients Crump, Jack

After a month on the streets with no permanent place to stay, Jack Crump is going "home"-not to a house or apartment, but to the long-term homeless shelter where he has resided for the past five years. Accused of threatening a staff member, Mr. Crump was kicked out of the shelter in January 2011. But he maintained his innocence. Working with the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, Jones Day defended Mr. Crump before the Office of Administrative Hearings, and secured a victory that permits Mr. Crump to return to the place he fondly regards as home.

At the hearing before an administrative law judge, Mr. Crump's defense was straight-forward: he never threatened anyone; and, during the verbal exchange with staff on the night in question, he was simply standing up for a fellow resident (with, admittedly, some colorful language). Eight residents of the shelter—all witnesses to the event—showed up to testify on Mr. Crump's behalf. All that testified confirmed his basic story; and all emphasized that Mr. Crump, an ex-Marine, regularly stood up for residents at the shelter in a peaceful manner, garnering widespread respect among the men who live there. On cross-examination, the complaining witness contradicted this bevy of consistent testimony on five or six major points.

The judge ruled that Mr. Crump should be immediately reinstated to the shelter. When Mr. Crump heard the news, he was overjoyed. He asked to pass along "8 million thanks " to the folks at Jones Day and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless, and said he now hopes to explore ways to be an advocate for residents through the shelter's official grievance process.

Crump v. Community for Creative Non-Violence, Case No. 2011-SHEL-00030 (Feb. 25, 2011)