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Tag Archives: Civil Rights

WDVA: Stats needed more specificity, expert analysis (access required)

Plaintiffs who sued a police officer for discriminatory traffic stops could not prove their selective-enforcement claim with statistics that failed to establish true comparator groups and to incorporate interracial base rates for committing the offenses at issue. Background Plaintiff Rodney ...

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WDVA: Court limits use of statistics, officer testimony (access required)

In a selective law-enforcement case asserting claims of race discrimination, the plaintiffs could use arrest records to show the defendant officer’s intent to discriminate, but not to show a discriminatory effect on similarly situated individuals. In addition, the plaintiffs could ...

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Accused student alleges viable gender-discrimination claim (access required)

A former Marymount University student, who the University found guilty of sexually assaulting another student, stated a valid “erroneous-outcome” claim against the University for its adjudication of the accusation, which he said was marred by procedural defects designed to discriminate ...

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4th Cir.: Injunction denial required specific findings (access required)

Appellant Douglas A. Hoglan, a Virginia inmate, appeals the district court’s order denying his motion for a preliminary injunction to stop the enforcement of certain provisions governing incoming prisoner mail. In particular, Hoglan challenges the institutional requirement that images with ...

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Appellate fee-shifting reversed in gerrymander case (access required)

Following a 2012 challenge to Virginia’s district lines, U.S. Congress members who intervened and drove extensive appellate litigation were not liable for any of the prevailing plaintiffs’ $1.35 million in attorneys’ fees. Appellate fees also were not shifted to the ...

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Prior indecent exposure not per se threat to safety (access required)

An apartment management company could not categorically deny tenancy to an applicant with a prior conviction for indecent exposure, stemming from a period where he was not on medication for a mental-health condition. Background In 2016, Plaintiff Annette Simmons requested ...

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Va. Beach student merits private placement, fees (access required)

The court upheld an administrative decision finding that Virginia Beach city schools had failed to provide appropriate education to a special-needs child for multiple years and, accordingly, her family was entitled to reimbursement for private placement as well as attorney ...

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Even without animus requirement, FHA claim fails (access required)

The court held that a nonprofit group providing housing assistance did not fail to make reasonable accommodations and/or housing modifications at the request of a client who requested wheelchair-accessibility construction. Plaintiff Veda Evans is a disabled mother of three young ...

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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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