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Supreme Court Opts to Not Review Case Against Dallas Officers, Civil Rights Case Can Proceed Without Qualified Immunity

A federal appeals court ruled in January that "qualified immunity" should not protect the officers from potential liability resulting from the death of Timpa, a man with mental illness who died after being restrained for nearly 14 minutes by the officers.

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Point of Law: SCOTUS’ Ruling on Malicious Prosecution

What does the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Thompson v Clark mean for you.

Supreme Court Makes It Easier to Sue for Malicious Prosecution

On Monday, the Supreme Court sided 6-to-3 with Thompson in declaring that he did not have to show an "affirmative indication of innocence."

Supreme Court Allows Suit Against Maine Officers to Go Forward

Two of the three troopers petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their appeal. The National Fraternal Order of Police and the Maine State Police Association filed briefs in their support. Now that the court has denied that petition, the case will return to the federal court in Maine, possibly for a trial on the central claims of the lawsuit.

Point of Law: When is an Officer-Involved Shooting a Seizure?

The Supreme Court recently ruled on a New Mexico case that established when a use of force constitutes a Fourth Amendment seizure.

Supreme Court Restricts Warrantless Searches for "Community Caretaking"

While Cady recognized that police perform “many civil tasks” in modern society, the “recognition that these tasks exist” is not “an open-ended license to perform them anywhere,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the majority opinion.

Supreme Court Hearing Case on When Officers Can Enter Home Without Warrant

The lower courts ruled that police could enter the home and under the so-called the community care-taking exception to the Constitution's warrant requirement. Representing Edward Caniglia, lawyer Shay Dvoretzky said that an exception like that would "eviscerate" the warrant protections of the Fourth Amendment.

Supreme Court Makes It Easier to Sue Police for Excessive Force

The court determined that in order to sue for excessive force under the Fourth Amendment, it is not necessary for a plaintiff to have been physically seized by law enforcement.

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Cases Involving Qualified Immunity for Officers

The Supreme Court passed up at least seven cases Monday that would have allowed it to reconsider aspects of qualified immunity for police.

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SCOTUS Backs Police in Traffic Stops

The Supreme Court said in an 8-1 decision that unless there's reason to believe otherwise, it's common sense for an officer to think the car's owner will be driving.

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