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Tag Archives: Civil Rights

Inmate in solitary confinement asserts Eighth Amendment claim (access required)

Where the inmate demonstrated he was denied a meaningful opportunity to shower and exercise while he was in solitary confinement, and the parties disputed whether the denials were sufficiently serious and whether prison officials acted with a sufficiently culpable state ...

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Officer denied qualified immunity after shooting in victim’s home (access required)

Where police shot at a man 29 times in his dwelling after officers armed with assault rifles entered the home with a warrant to search for drugs and failed to identify themselves as police,  the facts showed an officer’s use ...

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NAACP can’t hold county responsible for school policies (access required)

Where a chapter of the NAACP sued Hanover County and its School Board claiming the alleged veneration of the Confederacy in schools deprives African American students of an equal opportunity to an education, Hanover County was dismissed as a defendant ...

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Jury to decide if officer violated plaintiff’s constitutional rights (access required)

Where the plaintiff was arrested after a confrontation in a Longwood University dormitory as a result of an allegedly misleading affidavit submitted by a university police officer, a jury will decide if the officer made material misrepresentations or omissions in ...

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Restaurant owner waited too long before suing county (access required)

Where the plaintiff alleged county officials punished him when they granted other businesses an unfair advantage by allowing them to operate without septic systems, because the actions occurred in 2009 at the latest, the suit was filed beyond the tw0-year ...

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Jury to decide if prison officials violated inmate’s rights (access required)

Where the evidence showed one official within the prison’s health department was aware of the plaintiff’s Hepatitis C status, lack of treatment and resulting risk of harm, and another official postponed treatment for inmates with Hepatitis C knowing it would ...

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School’s misconduct procedures did not violate due process (access required)

Where four male students were suspended or expelled from Virginia Tech after they were accused of sexual misconduct, they could not sue the school for due process violations because they did not have a protected liberty or property interest in ...

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No qualified immunity in malicious prosecution case (access required)

Where the facts showed the police officer included “false” statements in her criminal complaint, and omitted other evidence relevant to the case, the court held the officer was not entitled to qualified immunity in a civil rights lawsuit alleging malicious  ...

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No immunity for prison officials over inadequate medical care (access required)

Where necessary and effective medical treatment was a right clearly established in the law, the complaint plausibly alleged there was “no medical reason” to withhold treatment;  nor was there grounds for dismissal based on qualified immunity. Background Plaintiff’s complaint, filed ...

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