The HCBullet: The blog of the Attorneys at HCB

Supreme Court Expands Police Civil Liability Under the Fourth Amendment

March 29, 2017

In a long-awaited decision, the United States Supreme Court on March 21, 2017, decided that pretrial detainees may challenge the legality of their pretrial detentions under the Fourth Amendment after a probable cause determination has been made.  This decision has the potential for greatly expanding the already large liability risks that police officers face in…

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Failure to Adopt Policy to Coordinate Medical Care May Constitute Deliberate Indifference

March 14, 2017

In the Seventh Circuit’s recent en banc decision in Glisson v. Indiana Department of Corrections, No. 15-1419 (7th Cir. Feb. 21, 2017), the Court held that a private medical corporation, contracted to provide medical services for the Indiana Department of Corrections (INDOC), could be held liable for its failure to enact policies and practices which would…

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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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