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Constitutional Right Violations
 

The Law Offices of Justin London protects those deprived of their constitutional or federally-protected rights including rights under the:

                                           a.First Amendment (protects freedom of religion, free speech, freedom of the press and the right to peaceably assemble)

Examples:

Denial of permit to march, leaflet or speak in a public place--

Glasson v. City of Louisville, 518 F.2d 899 (6th Cir.), cert. denied, 423 U.S. 930 (1975).

Arrest of speaker at political rally --

Kay v. N.H. Dem. Party, 821 F.2d 31 (1st Cir. 1987).

Harassment of religious organization --

Nashua Valley Christian Fellowship, Inc. v. Town of Ayer, 623 F. Supp. 542 (D. Mass. 1985).

Ejection of citizen from public meeting --

Hansen v. Bennett, 948 F.2d 397 (7th Cir. 1991), cert. denied, 112 S.Ct. 1939 (1992).

                                          b.Fourth Amendment (protects right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures; provides that warrants shall issue only upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation)

Examples:

False arrest --

Posr v. Doherty, 944 F.2d 91 (2d Cir. 1991).

False imprisonment or illegal detention --

Eberle v. City of Anaheim, 901 F.2d 814 (9th Cir. 1990).

Warrantless search --

Tyree v. Keane, 400 Mass. 1 (1987).

Warrantless arrest --

Fields v. City of S. Houston, 922 F.2d 1183 (5th Cir. 1991).

Failure to timely release pretrial detainee --

Brown v. Coughlin, 704 F. Supp. 41 (S.D.N.Y. 1989).

Apprehension of suspect by use of deadly force --

Tennessee v. Garner, 105 S.Ct. 1694 (1985).

Apprehension of suspect with excessive force --

Graham v. Connor, 109 S.Ct. 1865 (1989).

Police pursuit --

Horta v. Sullivan, 4 F.3d 2 (1st Cir. 1993).

                                           c. Sixth Amendment (protects right to an attorney in criminal proceedings)

Example:

Information garnered from surreptitious monitoring of conversations with attorney used to prejudice claimant's defense in criminal trial --

Weatherford v. Bursey, 429 U.S. 545 (1977);
St. Clair v. Schriber, 916 F.2d 1109 (6th Cir. 1990).

                                          d. Eighth Amendment (prohibits cruel and unusual punishment)

Examples:

Inmate assaulted by guards --

Whitley v. Albers, 475 U.S. 312 (1986).

Inmate assaulted by fellow inmates --

Davidson v. Cannon, 474 U.S. 344 (1986);
Berry v. City of Muskogee, Okla., 900 F.2d 1489 (10th Cir. 1990).

Inmate denied certain privileges, such as visitation, practice of religious beliefs, access to legal materials, mail, etc. --

Sowell v. Vose, 941 F.2d 32 (1st Cir. 1991).

Inattention to medical needs of inmate --

Estelle v. Gamble, 429 U.S. 97 (1976);
Sires v. Berman, 834 F.2d 9 (1st Cir. 1987).

Suicide of inmate --

Rogers v. Evans, 792 F.2d 1052 (11th Cir. 1986).

                                           e.Fourteenth Amendment (a person's rights to life, liberty or property shall not be deprived without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied equal protection of the laws)

Examples:

Punishment of pretrial detainee --

Redman v. County of San Diego, 942 F.2d 1435 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 112 S.Ct. 972 (1991).

Inattention to medical needs of pretrial detainee --

Holmes v. Sheahan, 930 F.2d 1196 (7th Cir.), cert. denied, 112 S.Ct. 423 (1991);
Gaudreault v. Municipality of Salem, 923 F.2d 203 (1st Cir.), cert. denied, 111 S.Ct. 2266 (1990).

Suicide of pretrial detainee --

Colburn v. Upper Darby Township, 838 F.2d 663 (3d Cir. 1988), cert. denied, 109 S.Ct. 1338 (1989);
Manarite v. City of Springfield, 957 F.2d 953 (1st Cir.), cert. denied, 113 S.Ct. 113 (1992).

Any conduct that "shocks the conscience" or "offends the community's sense of fair play and decency" --

Rochin v. California, 342 U.S. 165 (1952);
Pittsley v. Warish, 927 F.2d 3 (1st Cir. 1991).

Illegal interrogation or extraction of involuntary confession--

Rex v. Teeples, 753 F.2d 840 (10th Cir.), cert. denied, 474 U.S. 967 (1985);
Cooper v. Dupnik, 963 F.2d 1220 (9th Cir. 1992).

Arrests of minorities --

Davis v. Frapolly, 747 F. Supp. 451 (N.D. Ill. 1989).

Selective enforcement of statute or regulation on the basis of race --

Mustfov v. Rice, 663 F. Supp. 1255 (N.D. Ill. 1987).

Deliberate denial of police protection on racial grounds --

Mody v. City of Hoboken, 959 F.2d 461 (3d Cir. 1992).

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