0 comments on “Burke Secures Victory for Detectives at Ninth Circuit in Alleged Wrongful Conviction Case”

Burke Secures Victory for Detectives at Ninth Circuit in Alleged Wrongful Conviction Case

Background In 1994, John Smith was convicted of murder and attempted murder.  Approximately 15 years later, the main eyewitness in the case, Landu Mvuemba, recanted his testimony. At the time he recanted his testimony, Mvuemba was facing his own criminal…

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Everything Is Partisan, Including How Americans View Policing

What should your first step be in evaluating how your jury pool will view an officer’s use of force?  Here’s a hint – look at the 2016 election results. In preparing for any jury trial, a public entity should assess…

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Summary Judgment Is Granted Based On Principles Of Qualified Immunity

On May 18, 2018, in Michael Easley v. City of Riverside, Sergio Diaz and Silvio Macias, the California Court of Appeals affirmed the District Court’s sua sponte[1] grant of summary judgment in favor of police officers who shot plaintiff three…

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Gender Issues in Policing from the Law and Order Perspectives​

On Friday, May 4th, Susan E. Coleman will be co-presenting with Sandra Spagnoli, Chief of Police, Beverly Hills Police Department at the League of California Cities, City Attorneys' Conference. The last several decades have witnessed a rise in female officers…

0 comments on “SCOTUS Reverses Ninth Circuit And Finds Officer Is Immune From Liability In Excessive Force Case”

SCOTUS Reverses Ninth Circuit And Finds Officer Is Immune From Liability In Excessive Force Case

On April 2, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States, in Andrew Kisela v. Amy Hughes, granted summary judgment in favor of police officer Andrew Kisela on the grounds that he was entitled to a qualified immunity – an…

0 comments on “For Whom the Statute of Limitation Tolls: California Court of Appeal Rules that Statutory Tolling for Incarcerated Persons Does Not Apply to Detainees in County Jail”

For Whom the Statute of Limitation Tolls: California Court of Appeal Rules that Statutory Tolling for Incarcerated Persons Does Not Apply to Detainees in County Jail

It is well known that a plaintiff must bring his claim before the statute of limitations expires.  Under Code of Civil Procedure section 352.1, this statutory deadline may be extended—or tolled—for two years for plaintiffs who are “imprisoned on a…

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Baker to Vegas: Balancing the Teambuilding Benefits with the Risk of Liability

With the Baker to Vegas relay just concluded for 2018, it seems timely to query whether company-sponsored trips that enhance team morale but are not strictly work-related are worth the liability exposure.  Or perhaps it is better to keep these…

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Federal Judge Continues to Put the Freeze on ICE Detainers

In the consolidated class action cases of Roy v. County of Los Angeles and Gonzalez v. ICE, a Los Angeles federal judge ruled that federal immigration authorities and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department violated the Constitution by detaining certain…

0 comments on “Perez v. City of Roseville | When Police Officers Date Fellow Officers”

Perez v. City of Roseville | When Police Officers Date Fellow Officers

Generally, dating someone you work with is not a good idea.  If things don’t work out, it makes the work atmosphere awkward.  When a relationship occurs between employees of different ranks, it can create problematic dynamics leading to harassment or…

0 comments on “2017 Year in Review: A Look Back at the Biggest Stories in Law Enforcement and Corrections”

2017 Year in Review: A Look Back at the Biggest Stories in Law Enforcement and Corrections

Sexual Harassment takes the Spotlight: As sexual harassment and sexual assault claims sweep through all types of industries, law enforcement and correctional agencies should be prepared to handle these matters - both amongst employees, pretrial detainees, and inmates who may…