(United States Seventh Circuit) – Held that a registered sex offender who was homeless timely filed a civil rights lawsuit. The suit alleged that he was unlawfully arrested for failing to report a proper address. Reversed a dismissal and remanded.
(United States Fifth Circuit) – Held that a district attorney investigator was entitled to qualified immunity for engaging in a maneuver that caused a motorcyclist to crash during a high-speed chase, resulting in the motorcyclist’s death. Affirmed summary judgment in favor of the investigator in this civil rights lawsuit.
(United States Fifth Circuit) – Reinstated civil rights claims arising from the deadly shooting of a young man by law enforcement officers responding to a 911 call. Reversed a summary judgment ruling in relevant part.
(United States Seventh Circuit) – Held that there was no need to decide whether a jail could constitutionally prohibit inmates from receiving any newspapers. There were narrower grounds for resolving the present case, which involved whether an inmate had a right to subscribe to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin to help him with his legal …
(United States Seventh Circuit) – Held that an Illinois inmate could not proceed with a lawsuit alleging that he was unconstitutionally denied the right to call a witness at his prison disciplinary proceeding. Affirmed summary judgment against his claims, citing Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477 (1994).
(United States Ninth Circuit) – Held that California officials had qualified immunity from claims that they exposed inmates to a heightened risk of contracting Valley Fever. The inmates alleged that the disease exposure was cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Reversed in part.
(United States Seventh Circuit) – Held that an Illinois inmate who suffered from schizoaffective disorder could not proceed with his claims that prison officials were deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs, among other things. Affirmed summary judgment in favor of the defendants.
(United States Second Circuit) – Revived a wrongfully convicted man’s civil rights claims against both the city and police detectives who allegedly fabricated and/or withheld material evidence. He had served 14 years in prison for second-degree murder. Vacated a summary judgment ruling in relevant part.
(United States Fifth Circuit) – Revived a Texas inmate’s claim that a correctional officer burdened his free exercise of religion by unjustifiably confiscating his Christian religious materials. Reversed a dismissal in relevant part.
(United States Seventh Circuit) – Held that a man timely filed a Fourth Amendment claim for wrongful pretrial detention because he sued within two years of his release. He spent more than two years in pretrial detention based on false police reports implicating him in a crime. Reversed a dismissal in relevant part.