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County of Los Angeles v. Mendez

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
16-369 9th Cir. Mar 22, 2017
Tr.Aud.
TBD TBD TBD OT 2016

Issues: (1) Whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit's “provocation” rule should be barred as it conflicts with Graham v. Connor regarding the manner in which a claim of excessive force against a police officer should be determined in an action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for a violation of a plaintiff's Fourth Amendment rights, and has been rejected by other courts of appeals; and (2) whether, in an action brought under Section 1983, an incident giving rise to a reasonable use of force is an intervening, superseding event which breaks the chain of causation from a prior, unlawful entry in violation of the Fourth Amendment.

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DateProceedings and Orders
Sep 16 2016Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 24, 2016)
Oct 24 2016Brief of respondents Angel Mendez, et al. in opposition filed.
Nov 3 2016Reply of petitioners Los Angeles County, California, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Nov 7 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of November 22, 2016.
Nov 28 2016DISTRIBUTED for Conference of December 2, 2016.
Dec 2 2016Petition GRANTED limited to Questions 1 and 3 presented by the petition.
Jan 13 2017Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs in support of either party or of neither party received from counsel for the petitioners.
Jan 17 2017Joint appendix filed. (Statement of costs filed.)
Jan 17 2017Brief of petitioners Los Angeles County, California, et al. filed.
Jan 23 2017Brief amicus curiae of Los Angeles County Police Chiefs' Association filed.
Jan 24 2017Brief amici curiae of National Association of Counties, et al. filed.
Jan 24 2017Brief amicus curiae of United States filed.
Jan 24 2017Brief amicus curiae of Major County Sheriffs' Association filed.
Jan 24 2017Brief amici curiae of California State Sheriffs' Association, et al. filed.
Jan 25 2017Motion of the Acting Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument filed.
Feb 3 2017SET FOR ARGUMENT on Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Feb 3 2017Record requested from the U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit.
Feb 6 2017Record received from the U.S.C.A. 9th Circuit. The record is electronic and available on PACER.
Feb 16 2017Brief of respondents Angel Mendez, and Jennifer Lynn Garcia filed.
Feb 22 2017CIRCULATED.
Feb 22 2017Brief amicus curiae of The Georgetown University Law Center Chapter of the Black Law Students Association filed. (Distributed)
Feb 23 2017Brief amicus curiae of The Rutherford Institute filed. (Distributed)
Feb 23 2017Brief amici curiae of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Feb 23 2017Brief amicus curiae of National Police Accountability Project filed. (Distributed)
Feb 23 2017Brief amici curiae The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Southern California filed. (Distributed)
Mar 6 2017Motion of the Acting Solicitor General for leave to participate in oral argument as amicus curiae and for divided argument GRANTED.
Mar 10 2017Reply of petitioners County of Los Angeles, California, et al. filed. (Distributed)
Mar 22 2017Argued. For petitioners: E. Joshua Rosenkranz, New York, N. Y.; and Nicole A. Saharsky, Assistant to the Solicitor General, Department of Justice, Washington, D. C. (for United States, as amicus curiae.) For respondents: Leonard Feldman, Seattle, Wash.
 
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