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Tag Archives: Civil Rights

Prosecutor’s press conference did not violate patient’s rights (access required)

Where a commonwealth’s attorney disclosed the fact that a psychiatric patient had psychological issues and had not taken his medication on the day he was shot by a hospital security guard, the patient’s guardian was unable to state a claim ...

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No qualified immunity for actions leading to false convictions (access required)

Where state and county law enforcement officers allegedly coerced a false confession out of two teenage boys with severe intellectual disabilities, the officers are not entitled to qualified immunity because they violated teenagers’ clearly established constitutional rights. Background This case ...

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Police not liable for failing to intervene during ‘Unite the Right’ rally (access required)

Officials who allegedly instructed police to not intervene during the “Unite the Right” rally are nevertheless entitled to immunity against claims brought by a person who was allegedly attacked by protestors. Background Robert Sanchez Turner was attacked by protesters at ...

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No qualified immunity for officer on constitutional deprivation claims (access required)

Where a woman who attempted to shield a dog from a police officer’s pointed gun was arrested for obstruction, the officer is not entitled to qualified immunity from her claims of false arrest, excessive force and malicious prosecution. Background Buddy, ...

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Sheriff has immunity against claim he unlawfully detained plaintiff (access required)

The sheriff allegedly detained the plaintiff at the request of the department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The court held the sheriff was entitled to qualified immunity because, at the time of the detention, it was not clearly ...

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Prisoner could appeal dismissal of his civil rights complaints (access required)

Where a prisoner’s three separate civil rights actions against corrections employees were dismissed on the same day, the prisoner could appeal the dismissals in forma pauperis because a dismissal does not count as a “prior occasion” under the Prison Litigation ...

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Filing second action against defendants was not vexatious (access required)

Where plaintiffs voluntarily discontinued their first action against defendants just two months before trial because the attorney that replaced their initial counsel did not have sufficient time to prepare and shortly thereafter filed a nearly identical action against the same ...

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Corrections officers not liable for prisoner killed by fellow inmate (access required)

Where a prisoner was killed by a fellow inmate, the facts were insufficient to support a claim against the corrections officers for violations of the prisoner’s rights under the Fifth and Eighth Amendment. Background At the time of his death ...

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