US — prisoner rights — partial reversal — Krause In a significant prisoner case, a divided Third Circuit panel today ruled in favor of a prisoner whose suit alleged that USP Lewisburg administators retaliated against him for filing inmate grievances by moving him into a cell with another prisoner known for assaulting his cellmates. The prisoner did not to administratively exhaust that claim with prison officials before filing suit—understandably! The panel split over a second exhaustion issue. The panel majority held that, with the PLRA as with habeas, a claim is exhausted even if it was not properly presented if it was considered anyway and denied at the highest level of review.
Posted Wed, September 28th, 3: City of Jolietwhich is based on a federal Section claim filed by a man held in jail for 48 days on charges that the police allegedly knew to be false and that were later dismissed.
The primary question in this case is whether the Fourth Amendment or the due process clause of the 14th Amendment governs such a claim, a question similar to the question that six justices wrote separately about none commanding a majority some 22 years ago in Albright v.
Albright, Heck and Wallace lead to the questions here Kevin Albright had filed a claim asserting that his allegedly false arrest quickly followed by release on bond constituted a due process violation.
Two subsequent decisions, Heck v. Humphrey in and Wallace v. However, this case also presents the question of when the statute of limitations on such a claim begins to run. Manuel argues as he must or his claim is untimely that the clock did not start running on his claim until the charges against him were terminated in his favor by dismissal.
Frankly, the case law and briefing are quite complex, and neither party nor the solicitor general, who will be arguing as amicus addresses this second question head-on. If the question is not resolved in favor of Manuel, then dismissal was proper.
His unexpected death less than a month after the court agreed to take the case deprives his colleagues of the opportunity to ask him what he meant in Wallace although there may be confidential internal memoranda to that effect.
He was detained for 48 days in jail; the charges were dismissed on May 4,after a state lab test showed that pills were not ecstasy or any other illegal substance. On April 22, — more than two years after he was first detained by court process, but less than two years after dismissal of the charges — Manuel filed a pro se federal civil rights complaint against various officers and the city of Joliet.
The parties all now agree that the relevant limitations period is two years. He alleges that a field test conducted on pills found in his pocket was negative but that the officers arrested him anyway. On April 1,an Illinois state police lab test confirmed that the pills were not ecstasy.
Manuel was released on May 5,48 days after his arrest. The procedural path to the Supreme Court On April 22,Manuel filed a federal Section complaint, alleging that his prolonged detention based on knowingly false information without probable cause constituted unlawful detention in violation of the Fourth Amendment.
Taylor such due process claims cannot be brought in federal court when there is an adequate state law tort remedy. The 7th Circuit affirmed dismissal, however, on two grounds in a short unpublished order. First the order explained that the court was bound by a prior 7th Circuit decision holding that due process, not the Fourth Amendment, governs a malicious prosecution claim, and that Parratt requires that due process claim to go to state court.
As is not uncommon in unpublished per curiam orders, which are often drafted by staff attorneys, the meaning of this ruling is not completely clear. Rather, the due process clause should govern such post-process claims, and under Parratt the Illinois state law tort system is adequate.
The justices are likely to ask both sides about this surprising pro-plaintiff argument, and Joliet has some old Supreme Court cases to support it.
Fortunately, Justice Kennedy is still here to tell us what he meant in Albright. His views seem certain to garner much attention at oral argument. It is also good policy, he argues, as Heck discussed.
It is hard to predict whether the eight-justice court will be interested in taking on these additional issues at the behest of an amicus. Genuinely looking for help on analytically complex issues It seems likely that the court granted review in this case not only to settle whether a federal unlawful-detention claim is governed by the Fourth Amendment, but also to try to iron out some details regarding applicable pleading requirements.
Various justices have indicated over the past six months that they are striving for consensus, even if narrow, in their short-handed state. Moreover, although it may be sensible to adopt the Fourth Amendment as the basis for unlawful detention cases, that may not be a foregone conclusion.
It will be interesting to see whether the splintered Albright divergence persists, or whether the concerns Kennedy tentatively expressed in Albright have dissipated over the intervening two decades.
If so, Kennedy might agree with application of the Fourth Amendment on the facts of this case. Notably, however, the national associations both of district attorneys and of counties have filed briefs in support of Joliet. Their interest in limiting liability in cases where prosecutions are dismissed is strong, and may inject a political tone into the legal arguments.
Civil litigators more experienced than I will have to answer whether this dichotomy is unique, or whether it is common for a lawsuit to seek damages for a period of time starting before the date the action may legally be filed. As all of the foregoing suggests, federal civil rights cases based on common-law tort theories can be extremely complicated.
The parties here do not purport to offer firm answers on every issue. It seems that this oral argument will truly be an open-minded exploration by the justices of various options for defining a constitutional malicious prosecution claim.Brown v.
Sage — prisoner rights — reversal — Fuentes. Today, a divided Third Circuit panel ruled in favor of a prisoner who argued that he should have been allowed to file suits in forma pauperis because he had not accrued three prior frivolous filings under the Prison Litigation Reform Act’s three-strikes view.
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