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Whitley v. Hanna

Petition for certiorari denied on April 28, 2014
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
13-693 5th Cir. N/A N/A N/A N/A OT 2013

Issue: (1) Whether a victim raped by a police officer acting under color of law can bring a Section 1983 substantive due process claim against state and local law enforcement officers and officials who, in the course of their investigation of her attacker, made the deliberate decision to build their prosecution case by allowing the victim to be repeatedly assaulted; (2) whether, under the deliberate indifference standard, law enforcement officers and officials are excused for knowing and intentional violations of a victim's constitutional rights in the course of investigating a state actor if the violations were committed as part of a plan to secure a conviction; and (3) whether knowingly allowing a sexual assault by a state actor is justifiable by any governmental interest.

SCOTUSblog Coverage

DateProceedings and Orders
Dec 5 2013Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due January 8, 2014)
Jan 2 2014Waiver of right of respondents Michael Murray and Robert Grubbs to respond filed.
Jan 22 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of February 21, 2014.
Feb 4 2014Response Requested . (Due March 6, 2014)
Feb 27 2014Order extending time to file response to petition to and including March 20, 2014, for all respondents.
Feb 28 2014Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for the petitioner.
Mar 6 2014Brief amici curiae of Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, et al. filed.
Mar 19 2014Brief of respondents Michael Murray and Robert Grubbs in opposition filed.
Mar 20 2014Brief of respondents John Nick Hanna, and Robert Bullock in opposition filed.
Apr 7 2014Reply of petitioner Natasha Whitley filed.
Apr 9 2014DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 25, 2014.
Apr 28 2014Petition DENIED.
Term Snapshot