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Tag Archives: Civil Rights

Eighth Amendment – Jury Instructions – Intentional Actions (access required)

In this case involving a prisoner who was attacked and injured by another inmate, the district court instructed the jury, “Deliberate indifference is established only if the defendants . . . had actual knowledge of a substantial risk that Anderson ...

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Invasion of Privacy – Teen Sexting – Warrant – Forced Masturbation (access required)

Sims v. Labowitz (VLW No. 017-2-209, 30 pp.) (Keenan, J.) (King, J., dissenting) 16-2174; USDC at Alexandria. (Hilton, S.J.) 4th Cir. Holding: In a child pornography case involving teen sexting, a police detective consulted with an assistant prosecutor and obtained ...

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Due Process – Equal Protection – No Fly List (access required)

Elhady v. Piehota (VLW No. 017-3-448, 20 pp.) (Trenga, J.) 1:16-cv-375; E.D.Va. Holding: Plaintiffs are 25 United States citizens, all Muslim, who claim they are included on the government’s terrorist watch list and contend that this status subjects them to ...

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Sovereign Immunity – Eleventh Amendment – Age Discrimination (access required)

Drewery v. Portsmouth City School Board (VLW No. 017-3-451, 14 pp.) (Smith, C.J.) 2:17-cv-20; E.D. Va. Holding:  For purposes of sovereign immunity, Virginia school boards act as independent local government agencies, not as arms of the state, and thus are ...

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Court Reinstates $2.3M Win for Pretrial Detainee (access required)

The 4th Circuit reverses a Maryland district court and reinstates plaintiff’s $2.3 million jury award against Baltimore police officers for violation of plaintiff’s civil rights in the use of questionable investigative strategies – including the officers’ failure to inform the ...

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