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Inmate raises successful ADA and equal protection claim (access required)

Where an inmate with a medical condition had performed various prison jobs, he successfully alleged facts showing that after he was hospitalized for a short time, prison officials regarded him as disabled and as a consequence, he could not participate ...

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Lack of official policy dooms § 1983 claims against city (access required)

Six claims asserted against the City of Lynchburg under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 were dismissed because there were insufficient allegations of a policy statement, ordinance, regulation, or decision officially adopted and promulgated that related to the excessive force, conspiracy, failure ...

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Officer still employed can’t claim for lack of due process (access required)

A Chesapeake police officer could not assert a claim for procedural due process based upon continued employment because he is still employed by the Chesapeake police department, or CPD. His assertion that he possesses property interests in serving as a ...

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Farmer’s claims against Warren County and officials largely dismissed (access required)

Where a farmer alleged he was subjected to “unnecessarily aggressive and ultimately frivolous Planning Department enforcement action,” his procedural and substantive due process, equal protection and conspiracy claims were dismissed. His Fourth Amendment claim against a state official who allegedly ...

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Civil rights lawsuit filed against Fauquier deputies (access required)

What started as a short husband-and-wife shouting match in the couple’s driveway has led to a civil rights lawsuit against a deputy sheriff who later arrested the pair. Within less than two minutes of the deputy’s arrival, the husband had ...

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Opening mail outside prisoner’s presence supports First Amendment claim (access required)

A pro se prisoner’s claim that his rights were violated was supported by the failure of prison officials to explain the need to check his mail for contraband outside of his presence. Because the infringement of his First Amendment rights ...

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