Rainsberger v. Benner

Allegation: Indianapolis detective arrests man for bludgeoning man’s own octogenarian mother to death. But the detective’s warrant application contains misstatements, omissions, and perhaps outright lies. (For instance, it states the son placed a call from his mother’s house one hour before he says he found her. But he didn’t; the call had been routed through a cell tower one time zone away.) Charges are dropped. The man sues the detective. Detective: Ah, but I get qualified immunity since the lies were not clearly material. Seventh Circuit: Absolutely not. To trial the case must go.

Tags: 2019, Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity, Seventh Circuit

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