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Hearing officer may have violated detainee’s rights

Where a disciplinary hearing officer refused to allow a detainee charged with “conspir[ing] or making plans to commit/possession of unauthorized drugs,” to call a witness in his defense, and where the detainee was found guilty and lost good-conduct time as ...

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Jury to decide if officers committed assault, battery

Where a man involved in a traffic stop sued the officers for assault and battery and false imprisonment, the reasonableness of the officers’ actions was a jury question and Virginia sovereign immunity did not apply to intentional torts, the officers’ ...

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Detainee alleges widespread issues about medical care

Where a detainee alleged that he was denied medical care despite several communications with jail officials, and discovery could reveal evidence of widespread issues concerning medical care at the Chesapeake Correctional Center, a municipal liability claim survived the motion to ...

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Trial court must consider spoliation sanctions motion

Where a detainee suing for civil rights violations moved for sanctions after learning that videos of his physical altercation were not preserved, and he timely objected to a magistrate judge’s decision denying his motion, the district court must consider the ...

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‘Open fields’ search doesn’t violate Fourth Amendment

Where a homeowner alleged a county official violated the Fourth Amendment by entering his property without a warrant, but the property does not contain a home, the entirety of the property is considered an open field and, under the “open ...

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