Category Archives: § 1983 / Bivens

CA6: Jail group strip searches invasive, but penologically justified; ptf must answer defs’ proffered justification

While group strip searches at a jail are invasive, there is a penological justification offered that plaintiff doesn’t answer. There is no clearly established law that these are unreasonable. “The issue we face is whether periodically conducting group strip searches … Continue reading

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CA5: Bodycam video showed that this fatal shooting was apparently justified, and that essentially made credibility of the officer irrelevant

In this § 1983 action against a former deputy sheriff, which alleged excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the factual issues identified by the district court on summary judgment were immaterial in light of undisputed filmed facts of … Continue reading

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CA9: In a civil Franks claim, withheld SW affidavit tolls limitations until discovery

Plaintiff claimed judicial deception in obtaining search warrants for his home and computers over the death of his wife. When the state had the warrant affidavits sealed, the two year statute of limitations on his claim of judicial deception did … Continue reading

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CA5: Plaintiff’s civil search claim was barred by Heck v. Humphrey, but his due process claim was not

Plaintiff’s civil search claim was barred by Heck v. Humphrey, but his due process claim was not. Shugart v. Six Unknown Fannin Cty. Sheriffs, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 14190 (5th Cir. Aug. 2, 2017):

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NPR: U.S. Citizen Who Was Held By ICE For 3 Years Denied Compensation By Appeals Court

NPR: U.S. Citizen Who Was Held By ICE For 3 Years Denied Compensation By Appeals Court by Camila Domonoske: In a ‘botched’ investigation, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement kept Davino Watson, a U.S. citizen, imprisoned as a deportable alien for nearly … Continue reading

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CA9: § 1983 Franks violation: Ignoring alleged false statements still leaves PC

A search warrant was issued for alleged violations of the building code. Ignoring any alleged false statements that led to issuance of the search warrant, there still was probable cause. Gunnels v. Kenny, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 13204 (6th Cir. … Continue reading

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NE: Reach under seat during traffic stop was RS

The officer suspected that a wanted person was in the car defendant was in and stopped it. As he approached the car, the driver reached under the seat. The wanted person wasn’t found, but there was reasonable suspicion from the … Continue reading

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CA3: Public hospital’s taking child from ambulance at ER was reasonable since parents wouldn’t provide medical history or answer questions about child’s condition

Plaintiffs’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment claim against the defendant public hospital for taking their baby from an ambulance and treating it in the emergency room was reasonable under the circumstances. The hospital staff couldn’t get answers from the parents about … Continue reading

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CA3: State court loss of suppression motion as private search was collateral estoppel to § 1983 case

Plaintiff was a student in a private university, and the RA in his dorm smelled burning marijuana in the hallway and narrowed it to plaintiff’s room. The next day, university security searched his room, and he was charged in the … Continue reading

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N.D.Miss.: Heck bar doesn’t apply to search preceding arrest, but action stayed pending criminal case

Plaintiffs’ claim for illegal search and seizure at an internet café resulting in a criminal prosecution is not barred by Heck. The action is stayed, however, pending the outcome of the plaintiffs’ criminal trial. Moore v. Miss. Gaming Comm’n, 2017 … Continue reading

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