9th Circuit

Gay v. Parsons

Submitted by Re'Neisha Stevenson on Tue, 04/11/2023 - 14:32

In suit by inmate alleging state psychologists discriminated against him on basis of race and religion in preparation of reports for parole boards, court rules psychologists were not entitled to absolute judicial immunity.

Duarte v. City of Stockton

Submitted by Re'Neisha Stevenson on Tue, 04/04/2023 - 12:27

Heck bar does not apply when criminal charges were dismissed after entry of a plea that was held in abeyance pending the defendant’s compliance with certain conditions; Heck requires an actual conviction, not its functional equivalent.

Murgia v. Langdon

Submitted by Re'Neisha Stevenson on Tue, 03/28/2023 - 12:20

Mother drowned children after police separated her and children from father; court rejects “legal requirement” exception to rule against liability for failure to act; rejects special-relationship exception on facts of case because officials did not have custody of the children, rejecting “de facto” custody argument; permits state created danger claim against officials who left children in situation more dangerous than one in which they found them; physical separation of father from children did not violate his right to familial association.

Manriquez v. Ensley

Submitted by Re'Neisha Stevenson on Tue, 11/01/2022 - 10:19

Officers got search warrant to search plaintiff’s motel room, then got oral approval from judge to search his house, but did not physically amend the warrant; search of home violated 4th Amendment, but officers awarded qualified immunity because law was unclear that warrant had to be physically amended; dissent by Judge Otake with respect to qualified immunity, on ground that particularity requirement of 4th Amendment is clear.

Andrews v. City of Henderson

Submitted by Re'Neisha Stevenson on Thu, 10/27/2022 - 13:25

Officer violates the Fourth Amendment by tackling and piling on top of a “relatively calm,” non-resisting suspect who posed little threat of safety without any prior warning and without attempting a less violent means of effecting an arrest.

David v. Kaulukukui

Submitted by Re'Neisha Stevenson on Thu, 10/27/2022 - 13:17

Allegation that officer worked with child’s father to circumvent mother’s custody order and misled family court by not bringing order to court’s attention when seeking protective order prohibiting mother from contacting child stated claim based on judicial deception under due process and unreasonable seizure principles for right to family association; law was clearly established, no qualified immunity.