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Successful Defense of Municipality, Police Chief and Officers in Federal §1983 Claim


Michael J. Murphy successfully defended his clients in a federal civil-rights lawsuit brought by a plaintiff pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 against twenty-two defendants, including five village entities, five city entities, nine county entities, and a state entity, based upon allegations that defendants violated his federal constitutional rights when they wrongfully investigated him, indicted him by grand jury, arrested him pursuant to a warrant, and prosecuted him for the crimes of criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Plaintiff alleged that he was subjected to the investigation, indictment, arrest, and prosecution on account of his African-American race.

Plaintiff’s federal and state claims included false arrest, false imprisonment, assault, and battery/excessive force, unlawful strip searches, malicious prosecution, abuse of process, and conspiracy.

In a 43-page decision and order, U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby dismissed plaintiff’s complaint against Carter Conboy’s client - a local municipality, its police chief, and two police officers—in its entirety, finding generally that plaintiff failed to properly plead a cause of action, and that defendants were entitled to absolute immunity with regard to some claims, and qualified immunity with regard to other claims.

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