James “Jimmy” Marks II

James “Jimmy” Marks II

Boise, Ada County, Idaho, USA
Death 22 Jun 2007 (aged 62)
Spokane County, Washington, USA
Burial Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
Memorial ID 137763531 · View Source
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Jimmy Marks was a Romani American who lived in Spokane, Washington. Marks' clan are part of the Romanian Gypsies. He referred to himself as a "Rom" .

Marks became widely known in 1986 when the Spokane police department raided his home, performed searches, confiscated property, $1.6 million in cash, and $160,000 in jewelry, without a valid search warrant. The police claimed that 35 items were from burglaries.

The Marks' claimed that the cash was being held for other Romani families who did not trust banks. Marks brought suit against the city of Spokane for $59 million, and after 11 years the case was settled out of court for $1.43 million. The lawsuit has been cited as a landmark case in the civil rights of Romani Americans. Jimmy Marks was 62.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 137763531
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James “Jimmy” Marks II (14 Feb 1945–22 Jun 2007), Find a Grave Memorial no. 137763531, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by David Luders (contributor 49008885) .