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The Ninth Circuit Reaffirms a Key Principle of §1983 Litigation – A Plaintiff Must Present Evidence That a Defendant Actually Participated in the Violation of the Plaintiff’s Rights

By Mitch Wrosch From November 2005 to August 2013, Plaintiff William King was incarcerated at Twin Towers Correctional Facility, a Los Angeles County jail, where he was held as a civil detainee while awaiting the adjudication of an involuntary commitment…

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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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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…

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Ninth Circuit Adds Extra Step to Screening Process for Pro Se Prisoner Claims

Groundhog’s Day may not be until February, but several parties in pro se cases may start feeling a sense of de ja vu by seeing screening orders that seem duplicative of orders they’ve seen before. This is the result of…

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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…

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Ninth Circuit says No Qualified Immunity for Off-Duty Police Officer Working as Security Guard

Synopsis:  On August 23, 2017, in Bracken v. Okura, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 16105 (9th Cir. Aug. 23, 2017), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an off-duty police officer working as a hotel security guard was not entitled…

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Four Thoughts on County of Los Angeles v. Mendez

Last month, the Supreme Court issued its long-awaited opinion in County of Los Angeles v. Mendez, overturning the Ninth Circuit’s decision.  As noted in our earlier preview of the pending case, the primary issue before the Supreme Court was whether…