The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Supreme Court Rules That Probable Cause Does Not Automatically Bar Retaliatory Arrest Claims

June 27, 2018

On June 18, 2018, the Supreme Court decided Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, 585 U. S. ____ (2018). In Lozman, a vocal critic of city officials owned a floating home in a marina in Riviera Beach, Florida. Over the course of his residency in the city, the resident often spoke during public comment during…

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Seventh Circuit Appellate Court Grants Qualified Immunity to Jail Superintendent for his Decision to Place Inmate in Restraint Chair

June 27, 2018

Earlier this month, the Seventh Circuit considered an appeal in Broadfield v. McGrath pressed by officials of Livingston County that they were entitled to summary judgment in a case filed by a mentally ill inmate who claimed that he was not properly cared for when he had a mental breakdown in the Livingston County Jail. In…

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Court Grants Summary Judgment Against Jail Inmate Claiming Unsatisfactory Treatment of MRSA

June 27, 2018

Earlier this month, Judge Sue Myerscough granted summary judgment in the Central District of Illinois in favor of all defendants in Longstreet v. Huffines.  In that case, a jail inmate (Marcus Longstreet) claimed that the jail’s physician’s assistant and head nurse had not treated him for MRSA and that they had also prescribed unnecessary medications…

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Correctional Officers Win Summary Judgment in Failure to Protect Claim

June 27, 2018

Chief Judge James E. Shadid in the Central District of Illinois granted summary judgment in favor of two correctional officers at the Jerome Combs Detention Center in Kankakee County, Illinois in McKinstry v. Colbert, et al. Case No. 16-CV-02362 (C.D. Ill. June 12, 2018). Plaintiff, a pre-trial detainee, alleged that another detainee had concocted a…

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Supreme Court Considers Fourth Amendment Exceptions to Warrantless Search in Curtilage of a Home

June 13, 2018

A motorist on an orange and black motorcycle had eluded Virginia police officers twice. One officer found a picture that matched the motorcycle on Facebook and, through research, found the house where the motorcycle was located and that the motorcycle may have been stolen. The officer pulled up to the house, saw what appeared to…

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