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Sixth Circuit: Jail Guard's Criticism of Sheriff was Protected Speech

by Christopher Zoukis

Joseph Boulton, a jail guard at the Genesee County, Michigan jail, lost his claim alleging unconstitutional retaliation for protected speech on July 29, 2015.

During union arbitration proceedings, Boulton testified that Sheriff Christopher Swanson had misrepresented the amount of Taser, firearm and CPR training that Sheriff's ...

California Appellate Court Remands Sex Offender Commitment Order

by Christopher Zoukis

The First Appellate District for the California Court of Appeals has remanded a lower court's decision to civilly commit a prisoner as a sexually violent predator (SVP).

The Alameda County District Attorney filed a petition to commit Joel Curlee as an SVP in December 2010. During ...

Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Excessive Force Case

by Christopher Zoukis

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a civil rights claim brought against the Jefferson County, Missouri Sheriff's Department by a man beaten during a traffic stop.

Edward C. Schoettle, an insulin-dependent diabetic, was driving his truck down a ...

Seventh Circuit Rejects Demand for Recusal in Milwaukee Strip-Search Cases

by Christopher Zoukis

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently denied the City of Milwaukee's attempt to force the removal of the judge presiding over several unconstitutional police strip-search cases on the basis of several allegedly improper statements.

The City of Milwaukee contended that U ...

First Circuit Vacates Supervised Release Conditions for Sex Offender

by Christopher Zoukis

The Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has vacated two onerous conditions of supervised release and reversed the imposition of a 20 year term of supervised release on a sex offender for violation of the Sex Offender Notification and Registration Act (SORNA).

Moisés Medina, a convicted ...

No Qualified Immunity for Officer Who Beat and Tasered Mentally Ill Man to Death

by Christopher Zoukis

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has ruled that an excessive force claim made by the estate of a man killed by police during an arrest can go forward.

While conducting a baptismal ritual with his aunt at Honeymoon Island State Park on ...

$4.5 Million to Widow of Man Shot by Police

by Christopher Zoukis

Naily Nida, the widow of Michael Nida, who was allegedly shot in the back by Downey, California police officer Steven Dean Gilley, settled a wrongful death lawsuit May 9, 2013 for $4.5 million.

On October 22, 2011, Michael Nida and his wife were stopped at a ...

$345,000 to Police Over City's Failure to Promote

by Christopher Zoukis

A female police captain passed over for promotion to chief of police has prevailed in a lawsuit against the mayor and city that refused to promote her.

Beverly Alexander had been with the Steele Police Department for about three years when it came time for a new ...

Texas Man Battered By Police Settles Civil Lawsuit

by Christopher Zoukis

A Williamson County, Texas man has settled a federal lawsuit against two police officers and the county for an undisclosed amount.

Will Aguilar was driving his motorcycle home from a paramedic class April 9, 2009 when Williamson County police officers Daniel Robertson and Michael Baxter stepped into ...

$12,500 Settlement in Oregon Unlawful Search and Seizure Lawsuit

by Christopher Zoukis

An Oregon man and woman who claimed that Portland police violated their civil rights by unlawfully searching their home have settled a federal lawsuit for $12,500, plus attorney's fees.

Sarah Hill and Brent Lopez had an argument late in the evening on August 17, 2011 ...


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