The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Wrongful Conviction Cases: When Does a Civil Rights Plaintiff State a Claim?

February 7, 2017

Media reports abound with stories of persons released from incarceration after being exonerated based on newly discovered evidence. These persons almost inevitably sue in federal court under 42 U.S.C. 1983, claiming that their constitutional rights were violated because the police allegedly coerced incriminating confessions or statements, fabricated evidence, or withheld exculpatory evidence from prosecutors. The…

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Lower Courts Expand Application of Kingsley v. Hendrickson

February 7, 2017

Two years ago, in Kingsley v. Hendrickson, 135 S. Ct. 2466, 2474 (2015), the U.S. Supreme Court held that only an objective reasonableness standard should apply to cases involving pretrial detainees, rather than the subjective deliberate indifference standard. The Kingsley case involved a pretrial detainee’s excessive force claim, but the Court’s language indicated that an…

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Federal Court Dismisses Due Process and Malicious Prosecution Claim against Police Sergeant for Alleged Breach of Cooperation Agreement

February 7, 2017

Cooperation agreements between criminal suspects and the police are commonplace. But, what happens when the police arrest the suspect allegedly in breach of the cooperation agreement? Does the suspect have any civil remedies? In People v. Stapinski, 40 N.E.3d 15 (Ill. 2015), a police sergeant had promised not to arrest and file charges against Stapinski for illegal…

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Court Rules that Video Evidence Showed Correctional Officers’ Actions Were Constitutional

February 7, 2017

In Leyva v. Kankakee County, et al., a jail inmate, Giovanni Leyva, alleged that multiple officers used excessive force against him during a transport from his housing unit to a segregation unit. Leyva alleged that he was struck multiple times in the back, and that upon arrival to the segregation unit, he was placed in…

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Federal Court Entered Judgment in Favor of Correctional Staff in Inmate’s Medical Claim

February 7, 2017

Jail inmate Richard Schweitzer filed suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that the jail medical staff refused to remove two cysts on his back, and failed to provide his medication in a timely manner. On summary judgment, the defense presented evidence that the jail physician assistant made a medical determination that the cysts were…

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