January 30, 2019

            Officers of the Georgia Southern University (“GSU”) Division of Public Safety arrested Charles Rankin at a tailgate outside the football stadium for instigating an altercation with a drunken attendee. Rankin filed suit against the officers and the district court ruled that the officers were entitled to qualified immunity. Rankin v. Bd. of Regents of Univ. Sys. of Georgia, 732 Fed. Appx. 779 (11th Cir. 2018). As a result, Rankin appeal...

January 22, 2019

            Sheneque Proctor was in pretrial detention at the Bessemer City jail when she died from a drug overdose. Latunja Johnson, her mother and personal representative, filed a lawsuit against Karrie Goodwin, a jail corrections officer who was on duty while Proctor was in detention. Johnson v. Bessemer, Alabama, City of, 2018 WL 3359672 (11th Cir. 2018). Johnson alleged deliberate indifference to a serious medical need. The district court gr...

January 11, 2019

            Following his arrest for a DUI, Steven Kraus brought claims of excessive-force under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against Deputy Michael Gargan, Sergeant David Sansone, and Sheriff William Snyder, and state-law battery claims. Kraus v. Martin Cty. Sheriff's Office, 2018 WL 4201201 (11th Cir. 2018). The district court granted summary judgment in favor of each defendant as to all claims. 

            According to Kraus, he had “been drinking and dri...

January 7, 2019

            On appeal, Carter Davenport, a prison warden, argued that he was entitled to qualified immunity from claims by the estate of Marquette F. Cummings Jr., a prisoner who was stabbed by a fellow inmate.  Estate of Cummings v. Davenport, 2018 WL 4705723 (11th Cir. 2018). After he was stabbed, Cummings was transported to a hospital and died the next day. His estate filed a civil-rights complaint alleging that Davenport violated the Eig...

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