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Thursday, June 13, 2024 | Back issues
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No immunity for sheriff

LAKE CHARLES, La. — A Louisiana sheriff did not win immunity against the negligent hiring and supervision claims he’s facing after a male deputy was criminally charged with raping a female pretrial detainee he was guarding at a hospital in 2019. The woman died, but her mother sues because the guard’s presence violated the sheriff’s written policy against having a male deputy guarding a female inmate without another male deputy present, if no female deputy is available. Due to this, and the guard’s history of drug abuse and psychological treatment, the sheriff may be liable.

Rules for sanctions

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that a lower court erred when it altered the punishment for attorney Loring Justice, who was suspended for three years by a hearing panel for violating court orders, making false statements and interfering with legal proceedings. The trial court swapped his suspension for disbarment, but the hearing panel properly applied standards that call for suspension as the presumptive, baseline sanction.

DOJ: Phoenix police used excessive deadly force, violated civil rights

The city says it needs “several weeks” to craft a response to the Department of Justice’s findings that the city discriminates on the basis of race and against those who are homeless and mentally ill.

Pennsylvania’s underfunding of public defenders unconstitutional, ACLU says in suit

The state's failure to fund indigent defense makes it impossible to provide Pennsylvanians with due process and equal protection, the ACLU claims.

Chicago settles wrongful conviction lawsuits for $50 million

Four men spent a collective 73 years in jail for murders they didn't commit, after they said police coerced false confessions from them as teenagers.

California judge leaning against injunction in union case

An attorney for the plaintiff argued that his client has lost its due process rights because of an unconstitutional process.