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Taylor v. Riojas

Pending petition
Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
19-1261 5th Cir. TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

Issues: (1) Whether, when the unconstitutionality of government officials’ conduct is obvious, that suffices to render the violation clearly established, as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 6th, 9th and 11th Circuits have recognized in analogous cases, or whether there must also be binding precedent directly on point, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit held below; (2) whether government officials are entitled to qualified immunity so long as there is no prior precedent recognizing the unconstitutionality of an identical fact pattern, as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 5th and 8th Circuits have held, or whether prior precedent can clearly establish a constitutional violation despite some factual variation, as the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 3rd, 4th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th Circuits have held; and (3) whether the judge-made doctrine of qualified immunity, which is not justified by reference to the text of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 or its common law backdrop and which has been demonstrated not to serve its policy goals, should be narrowed or abolished.

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DateProceedings and Orders (key to color coding)
Apr 24 2020Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due June 1, 2020)
May 04 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response from June 1, 2020 to July 1, 2020, submitted to The Clerk.
May 05 2020Motion to extend the time to file a response is granted and the time is extended to and including July 1, 2020.
May 14 2020Brief amici curiae of Cross-Ideological Groups Dedicated to Ensuring Official Accountability, Restoring the Public's Trust in Law Enforcement, and Promoting the Rule of Law filed.
Jun 01 2020Brief amicus curiae of Constitutional Accountability Center filed.
Jun 24 2020Brief of respondents Robert Riojas, et al. in opposition filed.
Jul 07 2020Reply of petitioner Trent Michael Taylor filed. (Distributed)
Jul 08 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 9/29/2020.
Oct 05 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/9/2020.
Oct 05 2020Record Requested.
Oct 06 2020Record received from the U.S.C.A. for the Fifth Circuit. The record is available on PACER.
Oct 07 2020Record received from the U.S.D.C. for the Northern District of Texas. The electronic record on appeal (including sealed materials) was received.
Oct 13 2020DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 10/16/2020.
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