Jackson v. City of Cleveland

Allegation: Three innocent men spend decades in prison for 1975 murder after Cleveland police coerce 13-year-old into providing false testimony. (It seems detectives often manipulated evidence before turning it over to prosecutors. According to one officer: “It wasn’t about what was fair, it wasn’t about what was honest, it was about winning.”) Sixth Circuit: No qualified immunity for the only officer still living, and new circuit precedent means claims against three deceased officers might be able to go forward against their estates. Moreover, the city could also be liable if it’s proven there was a policy of withholding evidence that should have been turned over to the defense.

Tags: 2019, Police, Professional Responsibility, Qualified Immunity, Sixth Circuit

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