Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

Sandel v. Williams

Petition for certiorari denied on February 21, 2012

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
11-736 6th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2011

Issue: (1) Whether criminal proceedings that result in conviction preclude a federal civil rights claim for excessive use of force, under circumstances where the use of excessive force would provide a complete affirmative defense to an offense of conviction in the forum where the conviction is adjudged; and (2) whether a claim of excessive use of force is barred on grounds of qualified immunity to the extent such claim is premised upon allegations of fact that are conclusively rebutted by documentary video footage of the incident giving rise to the claim.

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