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Constitutional rights of ‘Unite the Right’ were not violated (access required)

Charlottesville officials did not effectuate a “heckler’s veto” of a Unite the Right rally because plaintiffs – a rally organizer and an attendee – had no constitutional right to state protection from private parties who try to suppress speech and ...

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Staffer who listened to prosecutor, magistrate gets immunity (access required)

Where an investigator with the sheriff’s office did not cause arrest warrants on dog theft and obstruction of justice charges to be issued he was insulated from liability. And where he relied on the opinion of the commonwealth’s attorney and ...

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Deputy sheriff gets no immunity for retaliatory traffic ticket (access required)

Where a woman had complained about a Spotsylvania County Deputy Sheriff, and the deputy sheriff later promised to buy another deputy lunch if he issued a ticket to the woman, the deputy sheriff was not entitled to qualified immunity because ...

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Claims struck by trial court remanded for damage award (access required)

The circuit court erred by striking plaintiff’s claims of excessive force, false arrest and illegal search against defendant police officer on the basis of sovereign and qualified immunity. Defendant did not challenge the jury’s findings that he was liable for ...

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Excessive force claims against arresting officer filed too late (access required)

Where a man sued an arresting officer for excessive force based on injuries allegedly suffered in July 2015, the suit was dismissed because it was filed beyond the two years applicable to § 1983 claims in Virginia. Background On July ...

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