Fourth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment - malicious prosecution and s. 1983: is there a constitutional violation remediable under Section 1983?
In Albright v. Oliver,(1) the United States Supreme Court United States Supreme Court: see Supreme Court, United States. addressed whether the claim of malicious prosecution An action for damages brought by one against whom a civil suit or criminal proceeding has been unsuccessfully commenced without Probable Cause and for a purpose other than that of bringing the alleged offender to justice. is actionable under 42 U.S.C. [sections] 1983.(2) The plurality The opinion of an appellate court in which more justices join than in any concurring opinion.
The excess of votes cast for one candidate over those votes cast for any other candidate.
Appellate panels are made up of three or more justices. concluded that "substantive due process The substantive limitations placed on the content or subject matter of state and federal laws by the Due Process Clauses of the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. may not furnish the constitutional peg on which to hang such a 'tort.'"(3) Therefore, it rejected petitioner's Fourteenth Amendment Fourteenth Amendment, addition to the U.S. Constitution, adopted 1868. The amendment comprises five sections. Section 1
Section 1 of the amendment declares that all persons born or naturalized in the United States are American citizens and citizens substantive due process claim to be free from prosecution absent probable cause Apparent facts discovered through logical inquiry that would lead a reasonably intelligent and prudent person to believe that an accused person has committed a crime, thereby warranting his or her prosecution, or that a Cause of Action has accrued, justifying a civil lawsuit. .(4)
This Note examines the development of the federal jurisprudence jurisprudence (jr'ĭsprd`əns), study of the nature and the origin and development of law. concerning claims for malicious prosecution under [sections] 1983. This Note argues that, in Albright, the Court correctly disposed of petitioner's Fourteenth Amendment substantive due process claim to be free from prosecution absent probable cause. However, this Note asserts that procedural due process is also implicated im·pli·cate
tr.v. im·pli·cat·ed, im·pli·cat·ing, im·pli·cates
1. To involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly: evidence that implicates others in the plot.
2. by an arrest and initiation of a criminal prosecution, and that application of the Fourth Amendment to a [sections] 1983 claim based on malicious prosecution, while precluding substantive due process review, should not preclude procedural due process review.(5) Ultimately, this Note concludes that alleged constitutional violations as a result of malicious prosecution are properly analyzed under both the procedural due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the "objective reasonableness" standard of the Fourth Amendment, but not under the "open-ended" Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
42 U.S.C. [sections] 1983(6) provides a legal remedy A legal remedy is the means by which a court of law, usually in the exercise of civil law jurisdiction, enforces a right, imposes a penalty, or makes some other court order to impose its will. In Commonwealth common law jurisdictions and related jurisdictions (e.g. for the violation of constitutional rights conferred in other areas of the Constitution.(7) Under the statute, an individual must first "identify the specific constitutional right allegedly infringed."(8) The Supreme Court has recognized that the statute was "meant to give a remedy to parties deprived of constitutional rights, privileges, and immunities by an official's abuse of his position."(9) However, the courts have not held that every common-law tort committed by an individual acting "under color of law The appearance of a legal right.
The act of a state officer, regardless of whether or not the act is within the limits of his or her authority, is considered an act under color of law if the officer purports to be conducting himself or herself in the course of official "(10) is actionable under [sections] 1983. In the case of malicious prosecution, there has been an "embarrassing diversity of judicial opinion" as to whether it is actionable under the section.(11) Until Albright, the Court had never addressed whether malicious prosecution could be actionable under [sections] 1983.
A. THE COMMON LAW TORT OF MALICIOUS PROSECUTION
The common law tort of malicious prosecution generally requires four elements: (1) the defendant must have initiated a criminal proceeding; (2) the proceeding must have ended in the plaintiff's favor; (3) the proceeding must have been initiated without probable cause; and (4) the defendant must have acted maliciously in the initiation of the prosecution.(12) Although the elements of the tort have been clearly established, courts have differed on whether a well-pleaded complaint based upon malicious prosecution by a government official "acting under color of law" provides a cause of action under [sections] 1983.(13) The debate entails not only whether malicious prosecution itself violates the federal Constitution, but also what particular provision the tort violates.(14) The federal courts have split almost evenly on the issue of whether a plaintiff must allege To state, recite, assert, or charge the existence of particular facts in a Pleading or an indictment; to make an allegation.
allege v. more than the common law tort of malicious prosecution to state a claim under [sections] 1983.
1. Allegation of Malicious Prosecution Violates the Constitution: The
The most liberal approach taken with respect to an allegation of malicious prosecution under [sections] 1983 has been clearly articulated by the Third Circuit, which held that an allegation of the elements of the common law tort, by itself, states a claim under [sections] 1983 for violation of a constitutional right.(15) In Lee v. Mihalich,(16) plaintiffs brought an action against investigators in the Medicaid Fraud Medicaid fraud The fraudulent billing of Medicaid by physicians or other health care providers, especially international medical graduates and psychiatrists. See Medicaid. Control Office Unit of the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General alleging abuse of process and malicious prosecution against them pursuant to a Medicaid fraud suit that was dismissed as time-barred.(17) While the court held that the defendants were entitled to a defense based upon qualified immunity Qualified immunity is a doctrine in United States law providing immunity from suit to government officials performing discretionary functions when their action did not violate clearly established law. Qualified immunity was created by the U.S. ,(18) the court determined that a successful allegation of malicious prosecution against an individual acting under color of law violates [sections] 1983.(19) Nevertheless, the court intimated no view with respect to what provision or provisions of the Constitution the common law malicious prosecution claim violates.(20)
Similarly, other circuits have applied the Lee rationale to an allegation of malicious prosecution against a sheriff and investigating officer pursuant to a grand larceny A category of larceny—the offense of illegally taking the property of another—in which the value of the property taken is greater than that set for petit larceny.
At Common Law, the punishment for grand larceny was death. arrest;(21) an allegation against police officers pursuant to a vacated narcotics narcotics n. 1) techinically, drugs which dull the senses. 2) a popular generic term for drugs which cannot be legally possessed, sold, or transported except for medicinal uses for which a physician or dentist's prescription is required. conviction;(22) an allegation against prosecuting attorneys pursuant to an unpaid bank loan;(23) and an allegation against an investigator in the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Alabama pursuant to a forgery forgery, in art
forgery, in art, the false claim to authenticity for a work of art. The Nature of Forgery
Because the provenance of works of art is seldom clear and because their origin is often judged by means of subtle factors, art indictment.(24) The expansion of the rationale into these areas indicates that the only requirement for bringing a claim of malicious prosecution under [sections] 1983 is an allegation of "action under color of law."(25)
2. Malicious Prosecution, Without More, Does Not Violate the
Constitution: The "Malicious Prosecution Plus" Approach
Other circuit courts of appeals, however, have held that an allegation of common law malicious prosecution does not violate a provision of the Constitution unless it is "'intended to subject a person to denial of constitutional rights.'"(26) These courts recognize that malicious prosecution may be part of a cognizable The adjective "cognizable" has two distinct (and unrelated) applications within the field of law. A cognizable claim or controversy is one that meets the basic criteria of viability for being tried or adjudicated before a particular tribunal. [sections] 1983 claim, but "only if the defendants' conduct also infringes some provision of the Constitution or federal law."(27) Therefore, their decisions require a plaintiff to allege not only malicious prosecution, but also that the abuse of the legal process was "so egregious e·gre·gious
Conspicuously bad or offensive. See Synonyms at flagrant.
[From Latin as to subject the aggrieved ag·grieved
1. Feeling distress or affliction.
2. Treated wrongly; offended.
3. Law Treated unjustly, as by denial of or infringement upon one's legal rights. individual to a deprivation of constitutional dimension."(28)
In Torres v. Superintendent of Police of Puerto Rico Puerto Rico (pwār`tō rē`kō), island (2005 est. pop. 3,917,000), 3,508 sq mi (9,086 sq km), West Indies, c.1,000 mi (1,610 km) SE of Miami, Fla. ,(29) the First Circuit, after recognizing the split among the other circuits,(30) adopted the standard that to establish liability in a [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution, a plaintiff must show that the defendant "subject[ed] the plaintiff to a deprivation of constitutional magnitude."(31) Specifically, the court held that a complaint based on malicious prosecution must allege a violation of procedural or substantive due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment.(32) Applying this standard, the court found that the plaintiff's claim(33) "show[ed] neither 'conscience-shocking' conduct nor met the requisites of a procedural due process claim."(34) Nevertheless, by analyzing petitioner's claim under a Fourteenth Amendment rubric RUBRIC, civil law. The title or inscription of any law or statute, because the copyists formerly drew and painted the title of laws and statutes rubro colore, in red letters. Ayl. Pand. B. 1, t. 8; Diet. do Juris. h.t. , the First Circuit recognized that, at some level, a complaint based upon malicious prosecution may violate [sections] 1983.(35)
Similarly, applying the standard that a [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution must allege a specific constitutional violation, the Ninth Circuit held that a complaint alleging "that the defendants illegally arrested [the plaintiff], submitted false reports and initiated his criminal prosecution in bad faith" successfully stated a cause of action under [sections] 1983 because the defendants "intended to deprive de·prive
1. To take something from someone or something.
2. To keep from possessing or enjoying something. a person of the equal protection of the laws Noun 1. equal protection of the laws - a right guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution and by the due-process clause of the Fifth Amendment ."(36) Therefore, while several circuit courts of appeals have held that malicious prosecution, itself, does not state a claim under [sections] 1983,(37) all have recognized that, at some level, "malicious prosecution can form the basis for a section 1983 action."(38)
3. The Constitutional Provision Violated
In addition to the split on whether malicious prosecution states a claim under [sections] 1983, the circuit courts of appeals have differed as to what provision[s] of the Constitution a [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution violates. Section 1983 requires, as a prerequisite to a claim brought under the constitutional provision, an allegation of infringement upon a specific constitutional right.(39) Applying this requirement to "constitutional tort" cases based upon malicious prosecution, circuit courts of appeals have held that the [sections] 1983 claim can violate Fourteenth Amendment procedural due process rights,(40) Fourteenth Amendment substantive due process rights,(41) Fourteenth Amendment equal protection rights,(42) Fourth Amendment rights incorporated against the States through the Fourteenth Amendment,(43) and a combination of both Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.(44) This broad disparity between the circuit courts of appeals has provided little guidance for a plaintiff attempting to allege a constitutional violation based upon [sections] 1983.
4. The State Tort Remedy
Although all circuit courts of appeals have held that a [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution can violate the Constitution, many circuit courts have nevertheless denied relief for a plaintiff "where state law affords an adequate remedy adequate remedy n. a remedy (money or performance) awarded a court or through private action (including compromise) which affords "complete" satisfaction, and is "practical, efficient and appropriate" in the circumstances. ."(45) Stating the rationale for this limitation on recovery under [sections] 1983, the Seventh Circuit noted that "[t]he multiplication of remedies for identical wrongs, while gratifying grat·i·fy
tr.v. grat·i·fied, grat·i·fy·ing, grat·i·fies
1. To please or satisfy: His achievement gratified his father. See Synonyms at please.
2. for plaintiffs and their lawyers, is not always in the best interest of the legal system or the nation."(46) Furthermore, this limitation has been applied pursuant to past Supreme Court decisions holding that an adequate state postdeprivation remedy denies relief under [sections] 1983.(47)
In Parratt v. Taylor Parratt v. Taylor, ,(48) the Court held that unauthorized conduct by state officials resulting in a loss of property did not constitute a denial of due process within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment where there was an adequate state remedy available.(49) Relying upon this holding, the First Circuit has held that "the availability of an adequate remedy for malicious prosecution under [state] law ... is fatal to [a [sections] 1983] claim."(50) was a case decided by the United States Supreme Court, in which the court considered the the applicability of Due Process to a claim brought under Section 1983.
III. FACTS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
In March of 1987, Veda Moore approached City of Macomb, Illinois Macomb is a city located in McDonough County, Illinois founded in 1831. It is situated in western Illinois southwest of Galesburg at 40°27'38" North, 90°40'27" West (40.460501, -90.674048).GR1 As of 2000, the city had a population of 18,558. Police Detective Roger Oliver and other police detectives seeking police "protection" from an individual she claimed was threatening her for cocaine debts.(51) At the time of this request, Moore had recently completed a thirty day stay in a narcotics treatment center for cocaine addiction.(52)
Detective Oliver allegedly agreed to provide Moore with police protection if she would act as an informant informant Historian Medtalk A person who provides a medical history against narcotics dealers in the Macomb area.(53) Specifically, under the agreement with the police, Moore would first identify potential narcotics dealers without direction from Detective Oliver and then purchase narcotics from those dealers with money provided to her from the Macomb Police Department through Detective Oliver.(54) In addition, Detective Oliver paid Moore between fifty and seventy-five dollars for each purchase of a controlled substance that she reported.(55)
Throughout the spring and summer of 1987, Moore represented to Detective Oliver that she had purchased controlled substances pursuant to this arrangement from over fifty separate individuals.(56) On 17 July 1987, Moore delivered a substance that appeared to be cocaine to Detective Oliver and reported that she had purchased the substance from John Albright, Jr. in a room at the Pace Hotel in Macomb, Illinois.(57) Detective Oliver submitted the substance to the police laboratory for testing.(58) On 2 September 1987, the laboratory concluded that the substance was actually baking powder.(59)
On 10 September 1987, Detective Oliver related Moore's version of the Pace Hotel transaction to a McDonough County Grand Jury.(60) The grand jury returned an indictment for the sale of a "look-alike substance," and the Circuit Court of McDonough County issued an arrest warrant for John Albright, Jr.(61)
Detective Oliver went to the home of John Albright, Jr. on 28 September 1987 to execute the arrest warrant.(62) After being informed by Mr. Albright's wife that her husband was a sixty-year-old retired registered pharmacist pharmacist /phar·ma·cist/ (fahr´mah-sist) one who is licensed to prepare and sell or dispense drugs and compounds, and to make up prescriptions.
n. ,(63) and that they had two sons named Kevin and John David Albright,(64) Detective Oliver realized that Mr. Albright may not be the person from whom Moore had allegedly purchased the "look-alike substance."(65)
Based on this information, Detective Oliver scratched John Albright, Jr.'s name from the arrest warrant and inserted the name of John David Albright, presuming pre·sum·ing
Having or showing excessive and arrogant self-confidence; presumptuous.
pre·suming·ly adv. that he must be the individual Moore had implicated.(66) Upon learning of the warrant for his arrest, John David Albright, who had been living and working in Chicago, Illinois since September, 1986, returned to Macomb.(67) On 1 October 1987, John David Albright met with Detective Oliver at the Police station and informed him that he was not in Macomb on 17 July 1987, the date Moore allegedly purchased the substance in question.(68)
With John David Albright still present at the police station, Detective Oliver telephoned Moore and informed her that neither John Albright, Jr. nor his son, John David Albright, could have been the individual from whom she had allegedly purchased the "look-alike substance" at the Pace Hotel on the night of July 17.(69) He inquired whether the individual could have been John Albright, Jr.'s other son, Kevin Albright.(70) In response, Moore confirmed that Kevin Albright was the man from whom she had made the purchase.(71)
On 16 October 1987, Detective Oliver attested at·test
v. at·test·ed, at·test·ing, at·tests
1. To affirm to be correct, true, or genuine: The date of the painting was attested by the appraiser.
2. to a criminal information charging that Kevin Albright had sold a "look-alike substance" to Moore on 17 July 1987.(72) Following the issue of an arrest warrant,(73) Kevin Albright surrendered to Detective Oliver on 19 October 1987, but denied any involvement in the alleged crime.(74)
Detective Oliver arrested Kevin Albright and the judge set bond at $3500.(75) Mr. Albright paid the ten percent bond ($350) required by Illinois law and was released.(76) As a condition of his bond, Kevin Albright was prohibited from leaving the state of Illinois without leave of court.(77)
On 5 January 1988, Detective Oliver testified at a preliminary hearing that Kevin Albright sold the "look-alike substance" to Moore on 17 July 1987.(78) At this hearing, Detective Oliver failed to advise the court of various circumstances surrounding Kevin Albright's arrest, including: Moore's prior history; Detective Oliver's previous testimony to the Grand Jury; and the various arrest warrants issued pursuant to the alleged July 17 sale.(79) Regardless of this failure, the court found probable cause for Kevin Albright to stand trial.(80)
On 27 June 1988, the court dismissed the criminal action on the basis that it did not state an offense under Illinois law.(81) Almost two years to the day after the dismissal of the charges against Kevin Albright, he filed a claim in federal district court against Detective Oliver and the city of Macomb, Illinois pursuant to 42 U.S.C. [sections] 1983, alleging that his "liberty" interest to be free from criminal prosecution absent probable cause had been violated.(82) The district court, in an unreported opinion, granted respondent's motion to dismiss on the theory that the complaint did not state a claim under [sections] 1983.(83) The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit affirmed this decision while concluding that petitioner filed his suit as malicious prosecution because the statute of limitations A type of federal or state law that restricts the time within which legal proceedings may be brought.
Statutes of limitations, which date back to early Roman Law, are a fundamental part of European and U.S. law. had passed for his false arrest claim.(84) Although the court acknowledged that malicious prosecution can be a component of a constitutional tort, it held that prosecution without probable cause could only be actionable under [sections] 1983 when accompanied by incarceration Confinement in a jail or prison; imprisonment.
Police officers and other law enforcement officers are authorized by federal, state, and local lawmakers to arrest and confine persons suspected of crimes. The judicial system is authorized to confine persons convicted of crimes. , loss of employment, or other "palpable Easily perceptible, plain, obvious, readily visible, noticeable, patent, distinct, manifest.
The term palpable usually refers to some type of egregious wrong, such as a governmental error or abuse of power. consequence."(85) Furthermore, the court rejected petitioner's argument that his "confinement con·fine·ment
1. The act of restricting or the state of being restricted in movement.
confinement " to Illinois deprived him of his constitutional "liberty," noting that Detective Oliver's testimony at the preliminary hearing was not intended to curtail cur·tail
tr.v. cur·tailed, cur·tail·ing, cur·tails
To cut short or reduce. See Synonyms at shorten.
[Middle English curtailen, to restrict petitioner's right to travel.(86) Finally, the court of appeals rejected petitioner's argument that he was denied the equal protection of the laws because the state's arbitrary act of selecting petitioner for prosecution did not create a "class" for purposes of the Equal Protection Clause The Equal Protection Clause, part of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, provides that "no state shall… deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. .(87) The Supreme Court granted certiorari certiorari
In law, a writ issued by a superior court for the reexamination of an action of a lower court. The writ of certiorari was originally a writ from England's Court of Queen's (King's) Bench to the judges of an inferior court; it was later expanded to include writs (88) on the issue of whether the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment could provide a basis for petitioner's [sections] 1983 claim.(89)
IV. SUMMARY OF OPINIONS
The Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine whether the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment provided an individual the right to be free from criminal prosecution without probable cause.(90) In a seven-two decision, the four Justice plurality held that petitioner's claim could not be maintained under the Due Process Clause and affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to dismiss petitioner's claim pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) for failure to state a claim Within a judicial forum, the failure to present sufficient facts which, if taken as true, would indicate that any violation of law occurred or that the claimant is entitled to a legal remedy.
Failure to state a claim is frequently raised as a defense in civil litigation. upon which relief can be granted.(91)
A. PLURALITY OPINION It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with , and into .
In an opinion by Chief Justice Rehnquist, the plurality(92) held that under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, "substantive due process, with its 'scarce and open-ended guideposts'" could not provide a basis for petitioner's 42 U.S.C. [sections] 1983 claim.(93) The plurality, acknowledging its reluctance to expand the concept of substantive due process, maintained that it must analyze petitioner's claim under the Fourth Amendment, because the Framers intended the Fourth Amendment to cover pretrial pre·tri·al
A proceeding held before an official trial, especially to clarify points of law and facts.
1. Of or relating to a pretrial.
2. deprivations of liberty.(94) Since the petitioner did not present the Fourth Amendment issue in his petition for certiorari, the plurality dismissed petitioner's claim without expressing an opinion as to whether petitioner would succeed under the Fourth Amendment.(95)
The plurality began its analysis of petitioner's claim by declaring that to succeed in a [sections] 1983 claim, the petitioner must first identify the specific constitutional provision allegedly infringed by the State.(96) Applying this requirement to petitioner's claim, the plurality maintained that petitioner's action alleged that respondent infringed his "substantive due process right to be free of prosecution without probable cause."(97) The plurality noted that petitioner Albright did not allege that Illinois denied him procedural due process, or violated his Fourth Amendment Rights, despite the plurality's recognition that "his surrender to the State's show of authority constituted a seizure for the purposes of the Fourth Amendment."(98) Analyzing petitioner's claim in this rubric, Chief Justice Rehnquist recognized that petitioner's claim to be free from criminal prosecution absent probable cause was "markedly different" from the Court's past protections of substantive due process, which have mostly related to "marriage, family, procreation PROCREATION. The generation of children; it is an act authorized by the law of nature: one of the principal ends of marriage is the procreation of children. Inst. tit. 2, in pr. , and the right to bodily integrity."(99) The plurality stated that "'[a]s a general matter, the Court has always been reluctant to expand the concept of substantive due process because the guideposts Guideposts is a Christian-faith based non-profit organization founded in 1945 by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale and his wife, Ruth Stafford Peale. The Guideposts organization is headquartered in Carmel, New York, with additional offices in New York City, Chesterton, Indiana, and Pawling, for responsible decisionmaking in this uncharted area are scarce and open-ended.'"(100)
Chief Justice Rehnquist then rejected petitioner's reliance upon prior Supreme Court cases that recognized the Fourteenth Amendment confers both substantive and procedural rights as the basis for a [sections] 1983 claim.(101) While conceding that the Due Process Clause protects substantive rights "Substantive rights," are basic human rights possessed by people in an ordered society and includes rights granted by natural law as well as the substantive law. Substantive rights involve a right to the substance of being human (life, liberty, happiness), rather than a right to a intended to secure individuals from the arbitrary exercise of government power, Chief Justice Rehnquist stated that the Constitution demanded more inquiry in a criminal prosecution than simply whether, in the Court's view, "the governmental action in question was 'arbitrary.'"(102)
Having rejected the simple application of an "arbitrary" test, the plurality then proceeded to analyze the history of the Due Process Clause to discern the appropriate test to apply to petitioner's claim.(103) Although the Supreme Court was reluctant to apply the Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause to the States in the late nineteenth century,(104) it has since held that a number of the procedural protections contained in the Bill of Rights were made applicable to the States through the Fourteenth Amendment.(105) As a result, Chief Justice Rehnquist concluded that the course of decision has "substituted ... the specific guarantees of the various provisions of the Bill of Rights embodied in the first [Ten] Amendments to the Constitution for the more generalized language contained in the earlier cases construing the Fourteenth Amendment."(106) Based upon this historical analysis, the plurality announced its refusal to analyze a claim under the "'more generalized notion of 'substantive due process'... '[w]here a particular amendment provides an explicit textual source of constitutional protection.'"(107)
Applying this test to petitioner's claim, the plurality determined that the Framers intended pretrial deprivations of liberty to be adjudicated under the Fourth Amendment, not the Fourteenth Amendment.(108) It noted that the Fourth Amendment relates to "deprivations of liberty that go hand in hand with criminal prosecutions."(109) Therefore, the plurality held that petitioner's claim came under the Fourth Amendment, not under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.(110)
Finally, since petitioner did not present the Fourth Amendment question in his petition for certiorari, the plurality affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissing petitioner's claim.(111)
B. JUSTICE SCALIA'S CONCURRENCE CONCURRENCE, French law. The equality of rights, or privilege which several persons-have over the same thing; as, for example, the right which two judgment creditors, Whose judgments were rendered at the same time, have to be paid out of the proceeds of real estate bound by them. Dict. de Jur. h.t.
In a brief concurring opinion Noun 1. concurring opinion - an opinion that agrees with the court's disposition of the case but is written to express a particular judge's reasoning
judgement, legal opinion, opinion, judgment - the legal document stating the reasons for a judicial decision; , Justice Scalia agreed with the plurality's dismissal of petitioner's claim and argued that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment could not supplement specific textual provisions of the Constitution.(112)
Justice Scalia asserted that while there may be many different abuses of the trial process, petitioner's "deprivation of life, liberty, or property, if any, consisted of [his] pretrial arrest."(113) He then maintained that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment guarantees merely that certain procedures are followed as a prerequisite to a deprivation of liberty.(114) While he recognized that the Court's current jurisprudence acknowledges substantive due process within the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause, he argued that "it cannot be used to impose additional requirements upon such of the states' criminal processes as are already addressed ... by the Bill of Rights."(115) Since the Bill of Rights contains procedural guarantees within the Fifth and Sixth Amendments governing the period before and during trial, Justice Scalia concluded that those requirements could not be supplemented through utilization of the device the Court has referred to as "substantive due process."(116)
C. JUSTICE GINSBURG'S CONCURRENCE
Justice Ginsburg agreed with the plurality that petitioner's claim is properly analyzed under the Fourth Amendment, but, unlike the plurality, proceeded to perform that analysis.(117) After speculating as to why petitioner pressed a Fourteenth Amendment argument to the Court and not one based on the Fourth Amendment, Justice Ginsburg ultimately concluded that petitioner had a valid [sections] 1983 claim based upon violation of his Fourth Amendment rights, but found that his failure to assert this claim to the Court barred any relief.(118)
Initially, Justice Ginsburg stated that petitioner's "submission to arrest unquestionably un·ques·tion·a·ble
Beyond question or doubt. See Synonyms at authentic.
un·question·a·bil constituted a [Fourth Amendment] seizure."(119) However, after acknowledging that petitioner advanced only a Fourteenth Amendment "substantive due process right to be free from prosecution without probable cause," Justice Ginsburg speculated that petitioner's "strategic decision appear[ed] to have been predicated on two doubtful assumptions, the first relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc the compass of the Fourth Amendment, the second, to the time for commencing this civil action."(120)
First, Justice Ginsburg argued that petitioner may have anticipated a holding limiting his "seizure" to the period from his surrender until he was released on bond, and thus Detective Oliver's allegedly misleading testimony could not be analyzed under the Fourth Amendment.(121) Responding to this concern, Justice Ginsburg asserted that the common-law meaning of the Amendment's term "seizure" held it "to continue even after release from official custody."(122) Since the common law purpose of an arrest was to ensure an appearance in court, Justice Ginsburg concluded that the distinction between pretrial incarceration and bail is a "distinction between methods of retaining control over a defendant's person, not one between seizure and its opposite."(123) Thus, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Justice Ginsburg, petitioner was "seized" for purposes of the Fourth Amendment despite his release on bail.(124)
Justice Ginsburg then buttressed but·tress
1. A structure, usually brick or stone, built against a wall for support or reinforcement.
2. Something resembling a buttress, as:
a. The flared base of certain tree trunks.
b. her argument that petitioner was "seized" for purposes of the Fourth Amendment with an argument based upon "common sense and common understanding."(125) When facing criminal charges, a person must appear in court at the state's command, is often restricted from travelling outside the state without leave of court, and must prepare a defense at great financial and emotional expense.(126) Justice Ginsburg acknowledged that an alleged wrongdoer incarcerated incarcerated /in·car·cer·at·ed/ (in-kahr´ser-at?ed) imprisoned; constricted; subjected to incarceration.
Confined or trapped, as a hernia. until trial undoubtably suffers greater burdens, but argued that the difference "should not lead to the conclusion that a defendant released pretrial is not still 'seized' in the constitutionally relevant sense."(127) Finally, Justice Ginsburg noted that Detective Oliver's allegedly misleading testimony at the preliminary hearing perpetuated the state's "seizure" of petitioner.(128)
After concluding that petitioner was "seized" for purposes of the Fourth Amendment, Justice Ginsburg addressed whether the statute of limitations would have barred petitioner's Fourth Amendment claim.(129) She asserted that the statute of limitations should have accrued upon the dismissal of the lawsuit against petitioner, not at the date of his arrest, as the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit suggested in dictum [Latin, A remark.] A statement, comment, or opinion. An abbreviated version of obiter dictum, "a remark by the way," which is a collateral opinion stated by a judge in the decision of a case concerning legal matters that do not directly involve the facts or affect the .(130) Because petitioner remained "seized" until dismissal of the charges against him, his cause of action accrued at the end of the criminal proceedings, rather than at the time of his arrest.(131) As a result, she concluded that petitioner could have asserted a Fourth Amendment claim within the statute Encompassed by, or included under, the provisions and scope of a particular law.
In the U.S. legal system, a person who is charged with violating a statute must have committed actions that are specifically addressed in the law. of limitations.(132)
Finally, although petitioner's Fourth Amendment claim was "neither substantively deficient nor inevitably time-barred,"(133) Justice Ginsburg concluded that petitioner's abandonment of the claim in the district court and failure to reassert reassert
1. to state or declare again
2. reassert oneself to become significant or noticeable again: reality had reasserted itself
Verb 1. it in front of the Supreme Court barred the Court from asserting it for him.(134) Thus, she concurred with the plurality decision dismissing petitioner's complaint.(135)
D. JUSTICE KENNEDY'S CONCURRENCE
Justice Kennedy(136) also agreed with the plurality that "an allegation of arrest without probable cause must be analyzed under the Fourth Amendment."(137) However, he wrote separately to explain that petitioner's due process claim arose not out of his arrest by Detective Oliver, but out of an allegedly malicious criminal prosecution against him.(138) Therefore, Justice Kennedy analyzed the criminal proceedings, not the arrest, under the Due Process Clause, and ultimately concluded that the existence of a state tort remedy in Illinois for malicious prosecution disposed of petitioner's claim.(139)
The threshold question for Justice Kennedy was "whether the due process requirements for criminal proceedings include a standard for the initiation of a prosecution."(140) Justice Kennedy argued that the Bill of Rights imposes no standard for the initiation of a prosecution, nor does it require a pretrial hearing.(141) While he conceded that a criminal procedure may violate the Due Process Clause even if it does not violate a specific provision of the Bill of Rights, he argued that while the "common law provided for a grand jury indictment and a speedy trial The Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees all persons accused of criminal wrongdoing the right to a speedy trial. Although this right is derived from the federal Constitution, it has been made applicable to state criminal proceedings through the U.S. [,] it did not provide a specific evidentiary ev·i·den·tia·ry
1. Of evidence; evidential.
2. For the presentation or determination of evidence: an evidentiary hearing.
Adj. 1. standard applicable to a pretrial hearing on the merits on the merits adj. referring to a judgment, decision or ruling of a court based upon the facts presented in evidence and the law applied to that evidence. A judge decides a case "on the merits" when he/she bases the decision on the fundamental issues and considers of the charges."(142) Since the Bill of Rights guarantees these traditional requirements of the criminal process, any standard that governed the initiation of a criminal proceeding would be superfluous su·per·flu·ous
Being beyond what is required or sufficient.
[Middle English, from Old French superflueux, from Latin superfluus, from superfluere, to overflow : to the Constitutional protections governing the criminal process.(143)
Nevertheless, Justice Kennedy acknowledged that the due process inquiry does not end there.(144) For purposes of petitioner's claim, he assumed arguendo that the Due Process Clause protected petitioner's interest in freedom from malicious prosecution.(145) Still, he argued that prior precedent clearly denied recovery under 42 U.S.C. [sections] 1983 for "a state actor's random and unauthorized deprivation of that interest[,] ... [as] long as the state provides an adequate post-deprivation remedy."(146)
Justice Kennedy relied on Parratt v. Taylor(147) for the proposition that federal courts are often not the correct venue to litigate many common law claims, "even when a state actor is the alleged wrongdoer."(148) Without this limitation, he contended, the Fourteenth Amendment could be the vehicle by which any "'alleged injury which may have been inflicted by a state official acting under color of law'" could be litigated under [sections] 1983.(149) He concluded that, given the precedential force of Parratt, plaintiffs cannot litigate claims under [sections] 1983 arising from the random and unauthorized act of a state actor that can be remedied at state law.(150) Applying this rule to petitioner's case, Justice Kennedy disposed of petitioner's claim by noting that Illinois provided an adequate tort remedy for malicious prosecution.(151) The fact that petitioner brought the claim after the statute of limitations for malicious prosecution had expired did not alter the adequacy of the Parratt rule.(152)
Finally, Justice Kennedy recognized that lack of an adequate state tort remedy would buttress buttress, mass of masonry built against a wall to strengthen it. It is especially necessary when a vault or an arch places a heavy load or thrust on one part of a wall. a claim for violation of the Due Process Clause enforceable under [sections] 1983.(153) However, since that question was not before the Court and Illinois provided an adequate state tort remedy, Justice Kennedy concurred in the judgment holding that petitioner's claim be dismissed.(154)
E. JUSTICE SOUTER'S CONCURRENCE
Justice Souter began his opinion by acknowledging his agreement with the Court's dismissal of petitioner's claim, while announcing his disagreement with the plurality's reasoning.(155) He contended that the Fourth Amendment should not preempt pre·empt or pre-empt
v. pre·empt·ed, pre·empt·ing, pre·empts
1. To appropriate, seize, or take for oneself before others. See Synonyms at appropriate.
a. analysis of petitioner's claim under the Fourteenth Amendment.(156) However, under the Fourteenth Amendment, he asserted that petitioner's failure to allege an injury resulting solely from the alleged malicious prosecution against him required the court to exercise judicial self-restraint by not expanding the limits of the Due Process Clause to encompass petitioner's claim.(157) Therefore, he concurred in the judgment of the plurality.(158)
Justice Souter first argued that the Court had previously rejected the proposition that a specific constitutional provision can preempt the application of a more general one and denied that "incorporation of the substantive guarantees of the first eight amendments to the Constitution defines the [outer] limits of due process protection."(159) Nevertheless, Justice Souter felt that the Court had to exercise judicial self-restraint when asked to expand the protections of substantive due process, and contended that the Fourteenth Amendment should not be used to duplicate protections adequately addressed by other constitutional provisions.(160)
Applying judicial self-restraint to petitioner's claim, Justice Souter declared that it failed to allege any injury which resulted from the initiation of a baseless prosecution against petitioner that did not also result from his seizure by the State, correctly analyzed under the Fourth Amendment.(161) As such, "[n]one of these injuries ... is alleged to have followed from the issuance of the formal instrument of prosecution, as distinct from the ensuing en·sue
intr.v. en·sued, en·su·ing, en·sues
1. To follow as a consequence or result. See Synonyms at follow.
2. To take place subsequently. assertion of custody."(162) Therefore, he concluded, the petitioner failed to show a substantive deprivation of liberty attributable to the initiation of the prosecution.(163)
The significance of petitioner's failure, Justice Souter asserted, lies in the courts of appeals' recognition that injuries similar to petitioner's have provided a [sections] 1983 claim based on a violation of the Fourth Amendment's Search and Seizure search and seizure
In law enforcement, an exploratory investigation of a premises or a person and the taking into custody of property or an individual in the interest of gaining evidence of unlawful activity or guilt. Clause, not the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause.(164) Since damages to reputation, limitation on movement, burden of defending, and other attendant harms tend to occur after arrest, Justice Souter concluded "it is not surprising that rules of recovery for such harms have naturally coalesced under the Fourth Amendment."(165)
Finally, Justice Souter recognized the potential for an injury to occur during the interim period between the filing of a groundless criminal charge and a Fourth Amendment seizure, but remarked that this was not petitioner's claim.(166) Therefore, Justice Souter concluded that the Court should exercise judicial self-restraint and concurred in the plurality's opinion dismissing petitioner's claim.(167)
F. JUSTICE STEVENS' DISSENT
Justice Stevens(168) presented the issue in petitioner's claim as whether the Fourteenth Amendment provides a constraint on state government's power to accuse an individual of a crime comparable to the Fifth Amendment's constraint on the federal government.(169) As Justice Stevens points out, the Fifth Amendment requires a grand jury determination that there is probable cause to support the federal government's accusation.(170) Justice Stevens argued that states are also required to adequately protect the probable cause requirement for initiation of a criminal prosecution.(171) Applying the facts of petitioner's claim, he contended that the state did not satisfy the probable cause requirement in this case.(172) Next, he asserted that the state's failure to meet the probable cause requirement violated petitioner's "liberty" under the Fourteenth Amendment and that "compliance with certain procedural formalities which ordinarily ensure that a prosecution will not commence absent probable cause" does not meet the demands of the Due Process Clause.(173) Therefore, he dissented from the decision of the plurality dismissing petitioner's claim.(174)
Initially, Justice Stevens declared that Hurtado v. California An 1884 decision of the Supreme Court, Hurtado v. California, 110 U.S. 516, 4 S. Ct. 111, 28 L. Ed. 232, held that states are not required to comply with the Fifth Amendment provision that a criminal prosecution be initiated by an indictment by a Grand Jury. ,(175) while not requiring states to initiate a prosecution by grand jury indictment, mandates that states adequately protect the probable cause requirement for initiation of a criminal prosecution.(176) After factually analyzing petitioner's claim, he concluded that the probable cause requirement was not satisfied in this case.(177)
Following this factual analysis, Justice Stevens declared that the Due Process Clause is unquestionably implicated where an individual is convicted and incarcerated,(178) but "extend[s] well beyond freedom from an improper criminal conviction."(179) He noted that the parameters of the Due Process Clause have never been fully defined, and that formal commencement of a criminal proceeding violates "a range of identified liberty interests ... of sufficient magnitude to qualify as a deprivation of liberty meriting constitutional protection" by the Fourteenth Amendment.(180) Therefore, he concluded, the Court should have continued its analysis to determine "what measure of 'due process' must be provided an accused in connection with this deprivation of liberty."(181)
Justice Stevens relied on various precedents to discern that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment demands a responsible decision whether there is probable cause to prosecute an individual for a criminal violation.(182) Analyzing this requirement of "probable cause to prosecute," he rejected an approach where "a state's compliance with facially valid procedures for initiating a prosecution [would be] by itself sufficient to meet the demands of due process, without regard to the substance of the resulting probable cause determination."(183) He argued that it is "well established that adherence to procedural forms will not save a conviction that rests in substance on false evidence or deliberate deception."(184) Analogizing the initiation of a criminal prosecution to such a conviction, he concluded that compliance with facially valid procedures for the initiation of a prosecution would not, by itself, meet the demands of the Due Process Clause.(185)
Finally, Justice Stevens commented upon the various opinions that supported the Court's judgment.(186) Beginning with the plurality opinion, he identified two "glaring flaws."(187) First, he asserted that petitioner's pretrial deprivation of liberty is addressed specifically by the Fifth, not the Fourth, Amendment.(188) While acknowledging that this is of lesser importance, he contended that "the cramped view of the Fourteenth Amendment taken by the plurality today has been rejected time and time again by the Court."(189) He argued that the Due Process Clause recognizes liberty interests not "limited to the realm outside [of the] criminal law."(190) Second, Justice Stevens maintained that the plurality virtually ignored the principle that "'the Due Process Clause protects the accused against conviction except upon proof beyond a reasonable doubt.'"(191) Relying on this assertion, he faulted the plurality for attempting to limit the Due Process Clause by the specific guarantees within the Bill of Rights.(192)
Justice Stevens began his comments on Justice Ginsburg's concurring opinion by acknowledging his agreement with her contention that petitioner could have alleged a cause of action under [sections] 1983 based on the Fourth Amendment.(193) However, he asserted that petitioner's "abandonment of a claim based on the seizure should [not] constitute a waiver of the claim based on the [allegedly malicious] accusation,"(194) because the Fourth Amendment protection "does not fully encompass the liberty interest that is at stake."(195) Therefore, he concluded that Justice Ginsburg's opinion does not adequately explain her conclusion that the complaint should be dismissed.(196)
Justice Stevens next faulted Justice Souter's concurrence for wrongly characterizing petitioner's claim "as an invitation to enter uncharted territory
Justice Stevens also argued that Justice Kennedy's concurrence incorrectly relied upon Parratt v. Taylor(199) to dispose of To determine the fate of; to exercise the power of control over; to fix the condition, application, employment, etc. of; to direct or assign for a use.
See also: Dispose petitioner's claim.(200) He contended that the Parratt rule was inapplicable in·ap·pli·ca·ble
Not applicable: rules inapplicable to day students.
in·ap to this case, because it "is limited to situations in which no constitutional violation occurs."(201) Therefore, Justice Stevens concluded that in cases such as petitioner's, in which there is an alleged constitutional violation, [sections] 1983 provides a federal remedy regardless of the presence of an adequate state remedy.(202)
Finally, Justice Stevens' opinion noted that none of the five opinions supporting the judgment of affirmance "endorses the reasoning of the Court of Appeals, and none of them commands a majority."(203) Adding that none of the opinions rejected his contention that "the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment constrains the power of state governments to accuse a citizen of an infamous crime," Justice Stevens dissented.(204)
In Albright v. Oliver, the United States Supreme Court correctly affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit dismissing petitioner's claim.(205) By holding that a potential [sections] 1983 claim based upon the State's arrest and alleged initiation of a malicious prosecution must be analyzed under the Fourth Amendment, not the Fourteenth Amendment,(206) the Court discourages plaintiff's from "aim[ing] in the general direction of the federal Constitution with buckshot buck·shot
A large lead shot for shotgun shells, used especially in hunting big game.
large lead pellets used for hunting game
Noun 1. ."(207) The Court set a standard that future potential plaintiffs allege a specific constitutional violation as a prerequisite to a [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution, rather than rely on the "'more generalized notion of substantive due process'" as the basis for their claim.(208) However, by declining to analyze petitioner's claim under the Fourth Amendment, the Court did not resolve the split of opinion among the circuit courts as to whether the tort of malicious prosecution may provide a basis for relief under [sections] 1983.(209) Thus, the only guidance for the lower federal courts lies in Justice Ginsburg's concurrence.(210)
A. SUBSTANTIVE DUE PROCESS VERSUS THE FOURTH AMENDMENT: WHICH PROVISION
The plurality in Albright was faced with a very specific claim brought in the petition for certiorari: whether a groundless criminal prosecution violates a Fourteenth Amendment substantive due process liberty right to be free from criminal prosecution absent probable cause.(211) Although there has been a split among the circuit courts of appeals as to what provision of the Constitution a [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution violates,(212) petitioner specifically presented only a substantive due process claim in his petition for certiorari.(213) Applying a substantive due process analysis, the Court correctly concluded that petitioner's specific claim of a pretrial deprivation of liberty could not rest upon a liberty interest derived from the Court's protections under substantive due process, because the specific constitutional protections within the Fourth Amendment and procedural due process preclude the Court from articulating such a liberty right.
However, the Court has also stated that "[n]either the Bill of Rights nor the specific practices of States at the time of the adoption of the Fourteenth Amendment marks the outer limits of the substantive sphere of liberty which the Fourteenth Amendment protects."(214) Despite this, the Court has consistently recognized a general reluctance to expand the notions of substantive due process analysis.(215) The Court has previously found substantive rights pertaining per·tain
intr.v. per·tained, per·tain·ing, per·tains
1. To have reference; relate: evidence that pertains to the accident.
2. to "marriage, procreation, contraception, family relationships, child rearing, and education."(216) None of these cases, however, presented issues pertaining to an alleged abuse of the legal process, such as the tort of malicious prosecution. Cases involving abuse of the legal process have typically been adjudicated pursuant to "the procedural protections contained in the Bill of Rights ... made applicable to the states by the Fourteenth Amendment,"(217) not under substantive due process.(218)
In Hurtado v. California,(219) an early case applying the Fourteenth Amendment's due process clause to an alleged abuse of the legal process, the Court held that the words 'due process of law' in the Fourteenth Amendment did not require the States to initiate a prosecution by grand jury indictment, but only required that the States enact judicial proceedings judicial proceedings n. any action by a judge re: trials, hearings, petitions, or other matters formally before the court. (See: judicial) to "preserve ... principles of liberty and justice."(220) Therefore, the Court in Hurtado did not create a substantive right substantive right
A basic right, such as life or liberty, seen as constituting part of the order of society and considered independent of and not subordinate to the body of human law. to be free from state prosecution absent a grand jury indictment.(221) Rather, the Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment did not require the states to follow certain procedures mandated by the Fifth Amendment for federal criminal prosecutions.(222) Therefore, when applying the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause to the states, the Court initially held that there was no substantive right to be free from the state's deprivation of life, liberty, or property, but only that certain procedures be followed in a deprivation of an individual's life, liberty, or property by the State.(223) The Court has stated that "[t]his requirement of the Constitution is met if the trial is had according to the settled course of judicial proceedings."(224)
Since Hurtado, the Court has had the opportunity to refine the procedures constitutionally due a potential defendant under the Fourteenth Amendment. Consistently applying specific provisions of the Bill of Rights pertaining to criminal proceedings to the States, the Court has declined to recognize broad substantive due process rights within the context of those proceedings.(225) Given the past application of these processes to the States, the plurality was correct to conclude that "[w]here a particular amendment 'provides an explicit textual source of constitutional protection' against a particular sort of government behavior, 'that Amendment, not the more generalized notion of substantive due process, must be the guide for analyzing these claims.'"(226) To conclude otherwise would subject every procedural safeguard within the Bill of Rights to substantive review. This would transform the Fourteenth Amendment due process clause into an "allencompassing" provision, and subject each and every procedural protection within the Bill of Rights to substantive due process review, hardly the intent of the Framers of the Fourteenth Amendment.(227) Moreover, it would render the procedural safeguards within the Bill of Rights superfluous, as each provision would ultimately be evaluated under substantive due process review.
Most recently, the Court has required constitutional claims to be adjudicated under a specific constitutional provision rather than under the "more generalized notion of 'substantive due process,'" if such a provision is applicable.(228) This jurisprudence coincides with the Court's reluctance to expand the notions of substantive due process.(229) Therefore, if the Fourth Amendment governs petitioner's claim, the plurality correctly dismissed petitioner's substantive due process claim.(230)
While the plurality properly held that the Framers intended the Fourth Amendment to govern pretrial deprivations of liberty such as petitioner alleged,(231) the more difficult question the Court faced was whether the Fourth Amendment applies to a [sections] 1983 claim predicated on an abuse of process.(232) If it does, then the Court's precedent precludes a substantive due process review.(233)
Nevertheless, the plurality was not without guidance when analyzing petitioner's claim. In Graham v. Connor Graham v. Connor, ,(234) the Court refused to analyze a claim to be free from excessive force under substantive due process "[b]ecause the Fourth Amendment provides an explicit textual source of constitutional protection against this ... governmental conduct."(235) Although Graham applied specifically to the use of excessive force during a seizure,(236) the analysis is applicable to petitioner's claim as well, because the Framers intended pretrial deprivations of liberty to be adjudicated under the Fourth Amendment.(237) was a case decided by the United States Supreme Court, in which the court determined that an objective reasonableness standard should apply to a free citizen's claim that law enforcement officials used
Nevertheless, while the plurality correctly concluded that the Fourth Amendment precluded substantive due process review of petitioner's claim, the plurality's conclusion that the Fourth Amendment specifically governs "pretrial deprivations of liberty"(238) failed to recognize that procedural due process is implicated by a [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution.(239) Hurtado recognized over 100 years ago that the Fourteenth Amendment requires the states to operate "according to the settled course of judicial proceedings,"(240) and, applying a procedural due process analysis, the Court more recently "rejected the notion that all of the required incidents of a fundamentally fair trial were to be found in the provisions of the Bill of Rights."(241) Therefore, while the plurality correctly concluded that the application of the Fourth Amendment to petitioner's claim precludes substantive due process review, it does not follow that application of the Fourth Amendment to a [sections] 1983 claim predicated on malicious prosecution should also preclude due process analysis.(242)
Furthermore, the plurality noted that "[t]he Framers considered the matter of pretrial deprivations of liberty, and drafted the Fourth Amendment to address it."(243) However, not all [sections] 1983 claims rest upon a pretrial abuse of the legal process.(244) Although petitioner's case involved a claim under [sections] 1983 based upon malicious prosecution that occurred pretrial,(245) a [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution may involve alleged abuse of the legal process during trial.(246) Indeed, an element of any malicious prosecution claim requires that the underlying judicial proceeding ended in plaintiff's favor,(247) with no requirement that the proceeding end before trial. Therefore, it is quite possible that a [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution could involve a deprivation of liberty during or even after trial and, under the plurality's reasoning, the Fourth Amendment would not dispositively preclude application of substantive due process to the claim.(248)
B. ANALYSIS OF A FOURTH AMENDMENT CLAIM: WAS PETITIONER SEIZED?
Before Justice Ginsburg could analyze petitioner's claim under the Fourth Amendment,(249) it was necessary to establish that petitioner was "seized." There is no debate that an arrest of an individual by the State is a "seizure" under the Fourth Amendment.(250) However, it is less obvious that the seizure continues despite a defendant's release on bail.(251) Nevertheless, Justice Ginsburg adamantly argued that petitioner was seized by the State until the criminal charges against him were dismissed.(252)
Because Albright was seized, the facts of his case implicate im·pli·cate
tr.v. im·pli·cat·ed, im·pli·cat·ing, im·pli·cates
1. To involve or connect intimately or incriminatingly: evidence that implicates others in the plot.
2. the Fourth Amendment. While the Court chose not to address this issue because it was not before the Court,(253) petitioner's failure to advance the Fourth Amendment claim to the Court precluded the plurality the issue of whether a malicious prosecution claim is actionable under [sections] 1983.(254) Justice Ginsburg's concurrence provides the only guidance.(255)
C. "OBJECTIVE REASONABLENESS" GOVERNS A FOURTH AMENDMENT CLAIM
Under the Fourth Amendment, the Court must determine if the police officer's seizure of petitioner pursuant to the evidence available to him was "objectively reasonable."(256) Under this standard, an officer violates the Fourth Amendment if the Court determines that the officer had "no reasonable grounds" for believing that a seizure was legal.(257)
Applying this standard to particular cases, the Court has announced that "searches pursuant to a warrant will rarely require any deep inquiry into reasonableness."(258) An issued warrant becomes prima facie evidence prima facie evidence
Evidence that would, if uncontested, establish a fact or raise a presumption of a fact. that an investigation officer acted reasonably in conducting a search or seizure; "[o]nce the warrant issues, there is literally nothing more that the policeman can do in seeking to comply with the law."(259) Therefore, "a warrant issued by a magistrate Any individual who has the power of a public civil officer or inferior judicial officer, such as a Justice of the Peace.
The various state judicial systems provide for judicial officers who are often called magistrates, justices of the peace, or police justices. normally suffices to establish" that an investigating officer has "acted in good faith in conducting the search."(260) Pursuant to this analysis, the Court has declared "that in a doubtful or marginal case a search under a warrant may be sustainable where without one it would fail."(261)
Nevertheless, a warrant may be invalidated in·val·i·date
tr.v. in·val·i·dat·ed, in·val·i·dat·ing, in·val·i·dates
To make invalid; nullify.
in·val (and thus the seizure unconstitutional unconstitutional adj. referring to a statute, governmental conduct, court decision or private contract (such as a covenant which purports to limit transfer of real property only to Caucasians) which violate one or more provisions of the U. S. Constitution. ) because it was later determined that the information upon which the magistrate issued the warrant fell short of probable cause.(262) A neutral magistrate's finding of probable cause, implicit in Adj. 1. implicit in - in the nature of something though not readily apparent; "shortcomings inherent in our approach"; "an underlying meaning"
underlying, inherent the issuance of a search or arrest warrant, "does not preclude inquiry into the knowing or reckless falsity of the affidavit affidavit
Written statement made voluntarily, confirmed by the oath or affirmation of the party making it, and signed before an officer empowered to administer such oaths. on which the determination was based."(263) Therefore, when an arrest warrant has been issued, the standard of "objective reasonableness" requires that an individual show "knowing or reckless falsity of the affidavit" before the seizure will be declared invalid, and the individual's constitutional rights deemed violated.(264) Once the court has determined that an individual was seized in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights, that individual may use [sections] 1983 as "a method for vindicating [those] federal rights."(265)
Assuming that petitioner had raised a Fourth Amendment claim, the Court's first step would be to acknowledge that petitioner was arrested pursuant to the issuance of an arrest warrant.(266) Therefore, before the Court can conclude that petitioner's Fourth Amendment rights were violated, the Court must conclude that there was "knowing or reckless falsity of the affidavit" submitted by Detective Oliver to the neutral magistrate for issuance of the arrest warrant.(267)
Petitioner did not allege that Detective Oliver presented any false testimony to the magistrate or at the preliminary hearing. Therefore, the seizure was not initiated pursuant to a "knowing ... falsity of the affidavit."(268) He merely failed to present all of the circumstances surrounding the arrest of petitioner for sale of a look-alike substance.(269) However, petitioner did not allege that Detective Oliver's failure to present this information at this point in the criminal proceedings violated procedural due process under Illinois law.(270) Therefore, even if his testimony was "deliberately misleading,"(271) petitioner must show that Detective Oliver's reliance on the information that Ms. Moore gave him made his testimony recklessly false.(272) Where "[t]he affidavit related the results of an extensive investigation and ... provided evidence sufficient to create disagreement among thouguhtful and competent judges as to the existence of probable cause," the seizure will be deemed reasonable.(273) Under this rubric, each Justice must make a factual determination whether Detective Oliver met this standard. Given the decision in Albright, at least two Justices(274) would probably have found that Detective Oliver did not meet this standard. Regardless, since the specific factual situation in Albright will not present itself before the Court again, each [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution must be analyzed separately under the objective reasonableness standard to determine if an individual's Fourth Amendment rights were violated.
Though the Court correctly held that petitioners must ground their [sections] 1983 claims in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution rather than the Fourteenth Amendment, petitioner's failure to raise the Fourth Amendment issue resulted in the Court's inability to definitively resolve whether malicious prosecution violates [sections] 1983. Future plaintiffs are guided only by the plurality's refusal to recognize a substantive due process claim and Justice Ginsburg's concurring opinion. Therefore, it remains unclear whether a [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution violates the Fourth Amendment or procedural due process. Given the continued federal court inconsistency in·con·sis·ten·cy
n. pl. in·con·sis·ten·cies
1. The state or quality of being inconsistent.
2. Something inconsistent: many inconsistencies in your proposal. in the analysis of these claims, the Court will ultimately have to revisit re·vis·it
tr.v. re·vis·it·ed, re·vis·it·ing, re·vis·its
To visit again.
A second or repeated visit.
re the issue. When the Court finally does analyze the issue under the Fourth Amendment, it will have to decide whether procedural safeguards already deemed constitutional by the Court as valid protections of liberty are nevertheless subject to substantive review. Given the plurality in the Albright case, the answer to that question will most likely be an emphatic "No."
(1)114 S. Ct. 807 (1994).
(2)Id. at 813-14.
(3)Id. at 811 n.4.
(4)Id. 813-14 (1994).
(5)Nevertheless, since petitioner brought only a substantive due process claim, the Court did not apply procedural due process analysis. Id. at 813-14. Such analysis would be perilously per·il·ous
Full of or involving peril; dangerous.
per close to an advisory opinion in violation of the Case or Controversy requirement of Article III of the Constitution.
(6)The full text of 42 U.S.C. [sections] 1983 reads:
Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia District of Columbia, federal district (2000 pop. 572,059, a 5.7% decrease in population since the 1990 census), 69 sq mi (179 sq km), on the east bank of the Potomac River, coextensive with the city of Washington, D.C. (the capital of the United States). , subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in·jure
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.
2. To cause damage to; impair.
3. in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress. For the purposes of this section, any act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of GLOUCESTER, STATUTE OF. An English statute, passed 6 Edw. I., A. D., 1278; so called, because it was passed at Gloucester. There were other statutes made at Gloucester, which do not bear this name. See stat. 2 Rich. II.
MARLEBRIDGE, STATUTE OF. the District of Columbia.
42 U.S.C. [sections] 1983 (1988).
(7)Baker v. McCollan, 443 U.S. 137, 144 n.3 (1979).
(8)Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 394 (1989).
(9)Monroe v. Pape, 365 U.S. 167, 172 (1961).
(10)"In cases under [sections] 1983, 'under color' of law has consistently been treated as the same thing as the 'state action' required under the Fourteenth Amendment." United States v. Price United States v. Cecil Price, et al. , 383 U.S. 787, 794 n.7 (1966). Furthermore, 42 U.S.C. [sections] 1983 is implicated where an infringement of federal rights is "'fairly attributable to the State.'" Rendell-Baker v. Kohn, 457 U.S. 830, 838 (1982) (quoting Lugar v. Edmondson Oil Co., 457 U.S. 922, 937 (1982)). Therefore, an individual acts "under color of law" if " , also known as the Mississippi Burning trial, was arguably one of the most famous criminal trials in American history. clothed clothe
tr.v. clothed or clad , cloth·ing, clothes
1. To put clothes on; dress.
2. To provide clothes for.
3. To cover as if with clothing. with the authority of the state and purporting to act thereunder." Roberts v. Acres, 495 F.2d 57, 59 (7th Cir. 1974).
(11)Albright v. Oliver, 975 F.2d 343, 345 (7th Cir. 1992).
(12)See, e.g., Lee v. Mihalich, 847 F.2d 66, 69-70 (3d Cir. 1988); Usher v. City of L.A., 828 F.2d 556, 562 (9th Cir. 1987). See also RESTATEMENT Restatement
A revision in a company's earlier financial statements.
The need for restating financial figures can result from fraud, misrepresentation, or a simple clerical error. (SECOND) OF TORTS [sections] 653.
(13)Indeed, some circuits have reversed their own decisions as to whether malicious prosecution can provide a basis for relief under [sections] 1983. See Brummett v. Camble, 946 F.2d 1178, 1180-81 n.2 (5th Cir. 1991), cert (Computer Emergency Response Team) A group of people in an organization who coordinate their response to breaches of security or other computer emergencies such as breakdowns and disasters. . denied, 112 S. Ct. 2323 (1992) (noting that the First, Fifth, and Sixth Circuits have "flip-flopped" on the constitutional tort status of malicious prosecution).
(14)Of course, the debate over the particular constitutional provision violated is only an issue for those circuit courts that hold that malicious prosecution, by itself, violates a provision of the Constitution.
(15)Lee v. Mihalich, 847 F.2d 66, 70 (3d Cir. 1988). Other circuit courts have expressed this view as well, see Brummett, 946 F.2d at 1180-81 n.2 ("Our most recent cases have assumed that malicious prosecution violates section 1983."); NAACP NAACP
in full National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
Oldest and largest U.S. civil rights organization. It was founded in 1909 to secure political, educational, social, and economic equality for African Americans; W.E.B. Du Bois and Ida B. v. Hunt, 891 F.2d 1555, 1563 (11th Cir. 1990) (citing Strength v. Hubert, 854 F.2d 421, 425 (11th Cir, 1988) as citing Shaw v. Garrison, 467 F.2d 113, 120 (5th Cir.), cert, denied, 409 U.S. 1024 (1972) for proposition that "[t]here is a federal right to be free from malicious prosecutions"); Goodwin v. Metts, 885 F.2d 157, 163 (4th Cir. 1989) (concluding that abuse of process, of which malicious prosecution is a subset, by definition denies an individual procedural due process); White v. Frank, 855 F.2d 956, 961 n.5 (2d Cir. 1988) ("There can be no question that malicious prosecution can form the basis for imposition of liability under section 1983.").
(16)847 F.2d 66 (3d Cir. 1988).
(17)Id. at 67.
(18)Id. at 72. The Supreme Court has previously addressed the issue of a government official's immunity from a [sections] 1983 suit based upon malicious prosecution. See, e.g., Malley v. Briggs, 475 U.S. 335 (1986). In Briggs, the Court addressed whether a police officer "who present[ed] a judge with a complaint and a supporting affidavit which failed to establish probable cause" is afforded absolute immunity from a malicious prosecution claim. Id. at 337. The Court held that "qualified immunity" is available to the government agent, with an "objective reasonableness" standard to be applied to each claim. Id. at 344. Since Briggs, various circuit courts addressing [sections] 1983 claims have dealt with the issue of prosecutorial immunity, see, e.g., Kelly v. Curtis, 21 F.3d 1544 (11th Cir. 1994); O'Neill v. Town of Babylon, 986 F.2d 646 (2d Cir. 1993); Anthony v. Baker, 955 F.2d 1395 (10th Cir. 1992); Fernandez v. Perez, 937 F.2d 368 (7th Cir. 1991). However, the issue was not before the Court in Albright v. Oliver, so it is not addressed here.
(19)Lee, 847 F.2d at 69-70 (quoting 42 U.S.C. [sections] 1983). The court held that the claim for malicious prosecution under [sections] 1983 requires the same elements required for the common law tort: "(1) the defendant initiate[s] a criminal proceeding; (2) which ends in plaintiff's favor; (3) [the proceeding] was initiated without probable cause; and (4) the defendant acts maliciously or for a purpose other than bringing the defendant to justice." Id. (citing Bell v. Brennan, 570 F. Supp. 1116, 1118 (E.D. Pa. 1983) (footnotes omitted)).
(20)Lee, 847 F.2d at 69-72. The Court relied on Jennings v. Shuman, 567 F.2d 1213, 1219-20 (3d Cir. 1977) for holding that a claim of malicious prosecution violates [sections] 1983. Jennings states that "[a]n abuse of process is by definition a denial of procedural due process." Id. at 1220. Therefore, while it claimed to intimate no view as to what provision of the Constitution malicious prosecution violates, its reliance on Jennings indicates the court's view that malicious prosecution violates an individual's Fourteenth Amendment procedural due process rights.
(21)Goodwin v. Metts, 885 F.2d 157, 163 (4th Cir. 1989).
(22)White v. Frank, 855 F.2d 956, 961 n.5 (2d Cir. 1988).
(23)Brummett v. Camble, 946 F.2d 1178, 1180-81 n.2 (5th Cir. 1991), cert. denied, 112 S. Ct. 2323 (1992).
(24)Strength v. Hubert, 854 F.2d 421, 425 (11th Cir. 1988).
(25)All claims under [sections] 1983 must allege an action by the defendant "under color of law." 42 U.S.C. [sections] 1983.
(26)Usher v. City of L.A., 828 F.2d 556, 562 (9th Cir. 1987) (quoting Bretz v. Kelman, 773 F.2d 1026, 1031 (9th Cir. 1985) (en banc [Latin, French. In the bench.] Full bench. Refers to a session where the entire membership of the court will participate in the decision rather than the regular quorum. In other countries, it is common for a court to have more members than are )). See also Kohl v. Casson, 5 F.3d 1141, 1145 (8th Cir. 1993) ("[M]alicious prosecution, without more, does not state a claim under 42 U.S.C. [sections] 1983."); Gunderson v. Schlueter, 904 F.2d 407, 409 (8th Cir. 1990) ("[M]alicious prosecution by itself is not punishable under section 1983 because it does not allege a constitutional injury."); Torres v. Superintendent of Police of P.R., 893 F.2d 404, 409 (1st Cir. 1990) (requiring that misuse of legal proceedings All actions that are authorized or sanctioned by law and instituted in a court or a tribunal for the acquisition of rights or the enforcement of remedies. be "egregious" to violate an individual's constitutional rights); Coogan v. Wixom, 820 F.2d 170, 174 (6th Cir. 1987) (same); Lusby v. T. G. & Y. Stores, Inc., 749 F.2d 1423, 1431 (10th Cir. 1984), cert. denied, 474 U.S. 818 (1985) ("Malicious prosecution does not automatically constitute a denial of due process.").
(27)Gunderson, 904 F.2d at 409.
(28)Coogan, 820 F.2d at 175.
(29)893 F.2d 404 (1st Cir. 1990).
(30)Id. at 409.
(33)Plaintiffs alleged that their dismissal from the San Juan San Juan, city, Argentina
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A police division charged with enforcement of laws dealing with various forms of vice, such as gambling and prostitution.
Noun and prosecution under felony felony (fĕl`ənē), any grave crime, in contrast to a misdemeanor, that is so declared in statute or was so considered in common law. weapons law violations were done maliciously. Id. at 406.
(34)Id. at 410.
(35)Id. at 410-11
(36)Usher v. City of L.A., 828 F.2d 556, 562 (9th Cir. 1987).
(37)See supra A relational DBMS from Cincom Systems, Inc., Cincinnati, OH (www.cincom.com) that runs on IBM mainframes and VAXs. It includes a query language and a program that automates the database design process. note 26.
(38)See Gunderson v. Schlueter, 904 F.2d 407, 409 (8th Cir. 1990).
(39)Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 394 (1989); Baker v. McCollan, 443 U.S. 137, 140 (1979).
(40)Gunderson, 904 F.2d at 409 ("[Plaintiff's] malicious prosecution claim may be taken to argue a procedural due process violation.") See also Torres v. Superintendent of Police of P.R., 893 F.2d 404, 409 (1st Cir. 1990) ("[W]e now hold that to state a claim under Section 1983, the complaint must assert that the malicious conduct was so egregious that it violated substantive or procedural due process rights under the Fourteenth Amendment."); Lusby v. T.G. & Y. Stores, Inc., 749 F.2d 1423, 1431 (10th Cir. 1984), cert. denied, 474 U.S. 818 (1985) (stating that egregious malicious prosecution violates procedures inherent in the Due Process Clause).
(41)Albright v. Oliver, 975 F.2d 343 (7th Cir. 1992) (recognizing that malicious prosecution can result in incarceration, which is a deprivation of liberty within the meaning of the due process clause). See also Torres, 893 F.2d at 410.
(42)Usher v. City of L.A., 828 F.2d 556, 562 (9th Cir. 1987) (holding that malicious prosecution by defendants must be done "'with the intent to deprive a person of equal protection of the laws'") (quoting Bretz v. Kelman, 773 F.2d 1026, 1031 (9th Cir. 1985) (en banc)).
(43)Strength v. Hubert, 854 F.2d 421, 425 (11th Cir. 1988) ("'[A] safeguard so fundamental to criminal due process--one against capricious capricious adv., adj. unpredictable and subject to whim, often used to refer to judges and judicial decisions which do not follow the law, logic or proper trial procedure. A semi-polite way of saying a judge is inconsistent or erratic. prosecutions--is ... incorporated by the fourteenth amendment'") (quoting Wheeler v. Cosden Oil & Chem. Co., 734 F.2d 254, 260 (5th. Cir), amended, 744 F.2d 1134 (5th Cir. 1984)).
(44)Sanders v. English, 950 F.2d 1152, 1159 (5th Cir. 1992) ("[Malicious prosecution] implicate[s] the constitutional 'guarantees of the fourth and fourteenth amendments.'") (quoting Thomas v. Kippermann, 846 F.2d 1009, 1011 (5th Cir. 1988)).
(45)Torres, 893 F.2d at 411.
(46)Albright v. Oliver, 975 F.2d 343, 347 (7th Cir. 1993). Furthermore, there is an incentive to file a claim under [sections] 1983 even if an adequate state remedy is available because "[i]n any action or proceeding to enforce a provision of section ... 1983 ... the court, in its discretion, may allow the prevailing party The litigant who successfully brings or defends an action and, as a result, receives a favorable judgment or verdict.
prevailing party n. the winner in a lawsuit. ... a reasonable attorney's fee as part of the costs." 42 U.S.C. [sections] 1988 (1988).
(47)See, e.g., Hudson v. Palmer, 468 U.S. 517, 531-36 (1984); Parratt v. Taylor, 451 U.S. 527, 535-44 (1981).
(48)451 U.S. 527 (1981).
(49)Id. at 541-43.
(50)Perez-Ruiz v. Crespo-Guillen, 25 F.3d 40, 43 (1st Cir. 1994) (citations omitted).
(51)Albright v. Oliver, 114 S. Ct. 807, 823 nn.3, 5 (1994) (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(52)Brief for Respondent In the Supreme Court of the United States
October Term, 1965
ERNESTO A. MIRANDA, PETITIONER,
THE STATE OF ARIZONA, RESPONDENT ON WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF ARIZONA
BRIEF FOR RESPONDENT at 6, Albright v. Oliver, 114 S. Ct. 807 (1994) (No. 92-833).
(53)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 823 n.3 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(54)Respondent's Brief at 6, Albright (No. 92-833).
(56)Brief for Petitioner In the Supreme Court of the United States
October Term, 1965
ERNESTO A. MIRANDA, PETITIONER,
THE STATE OF ARIZONA, RESPONDENT On Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of the State of Arizona
Brief for Petitioner at 8, Albright v. Oliver, 114 S. Ct. 807 (1994) (No. 92-833).
(60)Respondent's Brief at 6, Albright (No. 92-833).
(61)Albright v. Oliver, 114 S. Ct. 807, 823 n.4 (1994) (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(62)Respondent's Brief at 6, Albright (No. 92-833).
(63)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 810 n.1.
(64)Petitioner's Brief at 8, Albright (No. 92-833).
(66)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 823 n.4 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(67)Id. at 810.
(68)Respondent's Brief at 8-9, Albright (No. 92-833).
(70)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 810 n.1.
(72)Petitioner's Brief at 9, Albright (No. 92-833).
(74)Respondent's Brief at 7, Albright (No. 92-833).
(76)Albright v. Oliver, 114 S. Ct. 807, 810 (1994).
(79)Petitioner's Brief at 11-12, Albright (No. 92-833).
(80)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 810.
(82)Id. at 810-11.
(83)Id. at 811.
The court "also held that Detective Oliver was entitled to a defense of qualified immunity, and that the complaint failed to allege facts sufficient to support municipal liability against the city of Macomb. The District Court also dismissed without prejudice Without any loss or waiver of rights or privileges.
When a lawsuit is dismissed, the court may enter a judgment against the plaintiff with or without prejudice. When a lawsuit is dismissed without prejudice the common-law claim of malicious prosecution against Detective Oliver. These issues are not before this Court."
Id. at 811 n.3.
(84)Albright v. Oliver, 975 F.2d 343, 345 (7th Cir. 1992).
(85)Id. at 346-47.
(87)Id. at 348.
(88)Albright v. Oliver, 113 S. Ct. 1382 (1993).
(89)Albright v. Oliver, 114 S. Ct. 807, 810 (1994).
(90)Albright, 113 S. Ct. at 1382.
(91)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 814.
(92)Justices O'Connor, Scalia, and Ginsburg joined Chief Justice Rehnquist's opinion.
(93)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 813-14 (citing Collins v. Harker Heights, 112 S. Ct. 1061, 1068 (1992)).
(94)Id. at 813.
(95)Id. at 813-14.
(96)Id. at 811.
(97)Id. at 812.
(100)Id. at 812 (quoting Collins v. Harker Heights, 112 S. Ct. 1061, 1068 (1992)).
(101)Id. (noting petitioner's reliance on United States v. Salerno United States v. Salerno, , 481 U.S. 739, 746 (1987) and Daniels v. Williams, 474 U.S. 327, 331 (1986)). , was a United States Supreme Court decision. It determined that the "Bail Reform Act of 1984", which permitted the federal courts to detain an arrestee prior to trial if the government
(103)Id. at 812-13.
(104)Id. at 812. Hurtado v. California, 110 U.S. 516 (1884), "did not make applicable to the States the Fifth Amendment's requirement that all prosecutions for an infamous crime be instituted by the indictment of a grand jury." Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 812.
(105)Id. at 812-13.
(106)Id. at 813.
(107)Id. (quoting Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 395 (1989)).
(109)Id. (citing Gerstein v. Pugh, 420 U.S. 103, 114 (1975) ("holding that the Fourth Amendment requires a judicial determination of probable cause as a prerequisite to any extended restraint on liberty following an arrest")).
(110)Id. at 813-14.
(111)Id. at 813.
(112)Id. at 814 (Scalia, J., concurring con·cur
intr.v. con·curred, con·cur·ring, con·curs
1. To be of the same opinion; agree: concurred on the issue of preventing crime. See Synonyms at assent.
(113)Id. (Scalia, J., concurring).
(114)Id. (Scalia, J., concurring).
(115)Id. (Scalia, J., concurring) (citing Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 395 (1989)).
(116)Id. (Scalia, J., concurring).
(117)Id. at 814-16 (Ginsburg, J., concurring). See also id. at 813 (plurality declines to address petitioner's claim under the Fourth Amendment).
(118)Id. at 814-17 (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(119)Id. at 814 (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(120)Id. at 815 (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(121)Id. (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(122)Id. (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(123)Id. (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(124)Id. at 815-16 (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(125)Id. (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(126)Id. at 815 (Ginsburg, J., concurring). In addition, while criminal prosecution is pending, a criminal defendant may suffer reputational harm and experience severely diminished employment prospects. Id. (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(127)Id. at 815-16 (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(128)Id. at 816 (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(129)Id. (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(130)Id. (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(131)Id. (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(132)Id. (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(133)Id. (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(134)Id. at 816-17 (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(135)Id. (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(136)Justice Thomas joined in Justice Kennedy's opinion.
(137)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 817 (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(138)Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(139)Id. at 817-19 (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(140)Id. at 817 (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(141)Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(142)Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(143)Id. at 818 (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(144)Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(145)Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(146)Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(147)451 U.S. 527 (1981).
(148)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 818 (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(149)Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring) (quoting Parratt, 451 U.S. at 544). As an example, Justice Kennedy stated that even a party who is simply involved in an automobile accident Ask a Lawyer
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Say you're at a red light in a left hand turning lane and the light turns green so you let up slightly on the break antedating moving forward and the vehicle with a state official could allege a violation under [sections] 1983. Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(150)Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(151)Id. at 819 (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(152)Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(153)Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(154)Id. (Kennedy, J., concurring).
(155)Id. at 819-20 (Souter, J., concurring).
(156)Id. at 820 (Souter, J., concurring).
(157)Id. at 820-22 (Souter, J., concurring).
(158)Id. at 819-20 (Souter, J., concurring).
(159)Id. at 820 (Souter, J., concurring) (citing Adamson v. California Adamson v. California, 332 U.S. 46 (1947) was a United States Supreme Court case regarding the incorporation of the Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Background
In Adamson v. , 332 U.S. 46, 89-92 (1947) (Black, J., dissenting)).
(160)Id. (Souter, J., concurring).
(161)Id. at 821 (Souter, J., concurring).
(162)Id. (Souter, J., concurring).
(163)Id. (Souter, J., concurring).
(164)Id. (Souter, J., concurring).
(165)Id. at 821-22 (Souter, J., concurring).
(166)Id. at 822 (Souter, J., concurring).
(167)Id. at 820-22 (Souter, J., concurring).
(168)Justice Blackmun joined in Justice Stevens' opinion.
(169)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 822 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(170)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(171)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(172)Id. at 823 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(173)Id. at 823-27 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(174)Id. at 832 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(175)110 U.S. 516 (1884).
(176)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 822 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(177)Id. at 823 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(178)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(179)Id. at 824 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(180)Id. at 824-25 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(181)Id. at 825 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(182)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(183)Id. at 826 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(184)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(185)Id. at 826-27 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(186)Id. at 827-35 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(187)Id. at 828 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(188)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(189)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(190)Id. at 829 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(191)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting) (quoting In re Winship In re Winship, 397 U.S. 358 (1970), was a United States Supreme Court decision which held that when a juvenile is charged with an act which would be a crime if committed by an adult, every element of the offense must be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. , 397 U.S. 358, 364 (1970)).
(192)Id. at 830 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(193)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting). Note, however, that Justice Ginsburg acknowledged petitioner's failure to raise the Fourth Amendment issue. Id. at 815 (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(194)Id. at 831 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(195)Id. at 832 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(196)Id. at 830 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(197)Id. at 832 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(198)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(199)451 U.S. 527 (1981).
(200)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 833 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(201)Id. at 834 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(202)Id. at 835 (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(203)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(204)Id. (Stevens, J., dissenting).
(205)Id. at 810 (dismissing petitioner's Fourteenth Amendment claim).
(206)Id. at 813-14. See Wolf v. Colorado Wolf v. Colorado, 338 U.S. 25 (1949) was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held 5-3 that the Fourteenth Amendment did not impose specific limitations on criminal justice in the states, and that illegally obtained evidence did not necessarily have to be , 338 U.S. 25, 27-28 (1949). "[The Fourth Amendment] is ... implicit in 'the concept of ordered liberty' and as such enforceable against the States through the Due Process Clause." Id.
(207)Chiplin Enters. v. City of Lebanon, 712 F.2d. 1524, 1526 (1st Cir. 1983).
(208)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 813 (quoting Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 395 (1989)).
(209)See Brummett v. Camble, 946 F.2d 1178, 1180-81 n.2 (5th Cir. 1991), cert. denied, 112 S. Ct. 2323 (1992) (cataloging the divergence divergence
In mathematics, a differential operator applied to a three-dimensional vector-valued function. The result is a function that describes a rate of change. The divergence of a vector v is given by of approaches taken by the courts of appeals).
(210)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 814-817 (1994) (Ginsburg, J., concurring). However, the failure of the Court to address petitioner's claim under the Fourth Amendment was the result of petitioner's failure to raise the issue in petition for certiorari. The plurality correctly declined to analyze the Fourth Amendment issue, for such analysis would arguably ar·gu·a·ble
1. Open to argument: an arguable question, still unresolved.
2. That can be argued plausibly; defensible in argument: three arguable points of law. violate the Case or Controversy requirement of Article III of the Constitution. Justice Ginsburg, noting petitioner's failure to raise the issue, was the only justice to address petitioner's claim under the Fourth Amendment.
(211)Petitioner's Brief at 8, Albright (No. 92-833).
(212)See supra notes 40 to 44 and accompanying text (noting the difference of opinion among the Circuit Courts).
(213)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 812.
(214)Planned Parenthood v. Casey Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992) was a case decided by the Supreme Court of the United States in which the constitutionality of several Pennsylvania state regulations regarding abortion was challenged. , 112 S. Ct. 2791, 2805 (1992).
(215)Collins v. Harker Heights, 112 S. Ct. 1061, 1068 (1992). "As a general matter, the Court has always been reluctant to expand the concept of substantive due process because guideposts for responsible decisionmaking in this uncharted area are scarce and openended." Id. (citing Regents of Univ. of Mich. v. Ewing, 474 U.S. 214, 225-26 (1985)).
(216)Casey, 112 S. Ct. at 2807.
(217)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 812.
(218)Id. at 812-13 (listing cases that have applied specific procedural protections within the Bill of Rights to the States).
(219)110 U.S. 516 (1884).
(220)Id. at 537. Hurtado specifically held that the Fifth Amendment's requirement of indictment by grand jury was not applicable to the States. Id. at 534-35.
(221)Id. at 534-38.
(223)Id. at 533.
(224)Id. (quoting Walker v. Sauvinet, 92 U.S. 90, 92-93 (1875)).
(225)See Albright v. Oliver, 114 S. Ct. 807, 812-13 (1994). This process has generally been referred to as "incorporation" of the specific provisions of the Bill of Rights against the states through the Fourteenth Amendment.
(226)Id. at 813 (quoting Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 395 (1989)).
(227)See, e.g., Akhil Amar, The Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment, 101 YALE L.J. 1193; John Harricon, Reconstructing the Privileges or Immunities Clause
tr.v. con·sti·tu·tion·al·ized, con·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·ing, con·sti·tu·tion·al·iz·es
1. To provide with or make subject to a constitution.
2. the Civil Rights Act of 1866, not to subject every claim against the government to substantive due process review.
(228)Graham v. Connor, 490 U.S. 386, 395 (1989).
(229)See Collins v. Harker Heights, 112 S. Ct. 1061, 1068 (1992).
(230)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 813-14 (concluding that petitioner's claim should be addressed under the Fourth Amendment).
(231)Id. at 813.
(232)See supra notes 40 to 44 and accompanying text (listing the disagreement among Circuit Courts as to what provision of the Constitution malicious prosecution violates).
(233)See supra note 226 and accompanying text (noting that when a specific provision of the Constitution applies, it, not substantive due process, governs adjudication The legal process of resolving a dispute. The formal giving or pronouncing of a judgment or decree in a court proceeding; also the judgment or decision given. The entry of a decree by a court in respect to the parties in a case. of the case).
(234)490 U.S. 386 (1989).
(235)Id. at 395.
(237)Albright v. Oliver, 114 S. Ct. 807, 813 (1994).
(238)Ironically, the Fourth Amendment can only be applied by the plurality to govern petitioner's claim through incorporation of that amendment against the States via substantive due process within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.
(239)See Goodwin v. Metts, 885 F.2d 157, 163 (4th Cir. 1989) ("An abuse of process is by definition a denial of procedural due process.") (quoting Jennings v. Shuman, 567 F.2d 1213, 1220 (3d Cir. 1977)). However, as noted, the Court was precluded from addressing a possible procedural due process violation by petitioner's failure to present that issue in petition for certiorari. See supra note 211 and accompanying text (noting that petitioner presented only a substantive due process claim to the Supreme Court).
(240)Hurtado v. California, 110 U.S. 516, 533 (1884) (quoting Walker v. Sauvinet, 92 U.S. 90, 92-93 (1875)).
(241)Albright v. Oliver, 114 S. Ct. 807, 813 n.6 (1994) (addressing the Court's holding in In re Winship, 397 U.S. 358 (1970)).
(242)To be sure, the plurality does not hold that procedural due process is not violated by a [sections] 1983 claim based upon malicious prosecution, but merely fails to recognize that it may be implicated in addition to the Fourth Amendment. Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 813-14. See also Perez-Ruiz v. Crespo-Guillen, 25 F.3d 40, 43 (1st Cir. 1994) ("Albright would appear virtually to foreclose fore·close
v. fore·closed, fore·clos·ing, fore·clos·es
a. To deprive (a mortgagor) of the right to redeem mortgaged property, as when payments have not been made.
b. reliance on substantive due process as the basis for a viable malicious prosecution claim under section 1983") (emphasis added).
(243)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 813 (emphasis added).
(244)See, e.g., White v. Frank, 855 F.2d 956 (2d Cir. 1988) (case proceeded to trial and plaintiff was convicted before perjury perjury (pûr`jərē), in criminal law, the act of willfully and knowingly stating a falsehood under oath or under affirmation in judicial or administrative proceedings. of investigative officer was discovered and [sections] 1983 claim filed); Goodwin v. Metts, 885 F.2d 157 (4th Cir. 1989) (plaintiffs acquitted after jury trial before [sections] 1983 claim brought).
(245)See supra notes 72 to 81 and accompanying text (noting that the charges against plaintiff were dismissed prior to a jury trial).
(246)See supra note 239.
(247)See supra note 12 and accompanying text (listing the requirements for common law malicious prosecution claim).
(248)Since a "specific constitutional guarantee" is required to preclude substantive due process analysis, and the Fourth Amendment governs "pretrial deprivations of liberty," it is unclear whether the Fourth Amendment, or any other constitutional provision, would preclude substantive due process analysis of a trial (or post-trial) deprivation of liberty. Albright v. Oliver, 114 S. Ct. 807, 813 (1994).
(249)Justice Ginsburg was the only justice to analyze petitioner's claim under the Fourth Amendment. Id. at 814-17. As noted, the plurality correctly declined to address this issue. See supra note 210.
(250)See California v. Hodari D., 499 U.S. 621, 624 (1991). ("[A]n arrest [is] ... the quintessential quin·tes·sen·tial
Of, relating to, or having the nature of a quintessence; being the most typical: "Liszt was the quintessential romantic" Musical Heritage Review. 'seizure of the person' under our Fourth Amendment jurisprudence."). See also Robbins v. California, 453 U.S. 420, 451 (1981) (Stevens, J., dissenting) ("[E]very arrest is a seizure of the person within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment.")
(251)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 815-16 (Ginsburg, J., concurring). Justice Ginsburg speculates that petitioner failed to advance a Fourth Amendment argument for fear of a narrow definition of the word seizure. Id. See supra note 121 and accompanying text.
(252)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 815-16. See supra notes 117 to 128 and accompanying text.
(253)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 813.
(254)Albright v. Oliver, 975 F.2d 343, 345 (7th Cir. 1992) (noting the "embarrassing diversity of judicial opinion" on whether malicious prosecution violates the Constitution).
(255)See supra note 249.
(256)See United States v. Leon United States v. Leon, 468 U.S. 897 (1984), was a search and seizure case in which the Supreme Court of the United States created the "good faith" exception to the exclusionary rule. , 468 U.S. 897, 922 (1984) (holding that a police officer's seizure must be based upon objectively reasonable reliance of the evidence available).
(257)Id. at 923.
(258)Illinois v. Gates, 462 U.S. 213, 266-67 (1983) (White, J., concurring in judgment).
(259)Stone v. Powell, 428 U.S. 465, 498 (1976) (Burger, C.J., concurring).
(260)United States v. Ross United States v. Ross, 456 U.S. 798 (1982), was a search and seizure case argued before the Supreme Court of the United States. The high court was asked to decide if a legal warrantless search of an automobile allows closed containers found in the vehicle (specifically, in , 456 U.S. 798, 823 n.32 (1982)
(261)United States v. Ventresca, 380 U.S. 102, 106 (1965).
(262)Gates, 462 U.S. at 263 (White, J., concurring in judgment).
(263)United States v. Leon, 468 U.S. 897, 914 (1984) (citing Franks v. Delaware, 438 U.S. 154 (1978)).
(264)Id. If a warrant is declared invalid for lack of probable cause, the evidence obtained pursuant to that seizure is excluded from being entered into evidence. This "exclusionary rule exclusionary rule
In U.S. law, the principle that evidence seized by police in violation of the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure may not be used against a criminal defendant at trial. " is designed to operate as "'a judicially created remedy designed to safeguard Fourth Amendment rights generally through its deterrent effect, rather than a personal constitutional right of the party aggrieved.'" Id. at 906 (quoting United States v. Calandra, 414 U.S. 338, 348 (1974)).
(265)Baker v. McCollan, 443 U.S. 137, 144 n. 3 (1979). However, Justices Kennedy and Stevens debate whether petitioner could seek relief under [sections] 1983, because Illinois provided an adequate postdeprivation remedy. See supra notes 145 to 149, 193 to 196 and accompanying text. The debate centers around whether the holding in Parratt v. Taylor, 451 U.S. 527 (1981), applies to situations involving constitutional violations resulting from random and unauthorized acts of state actors and what role the federal courts should play in [sections] 1983 claims where an adequate state postdeprivation remedy is available. The controversy surrounding the application of Parratt has continued. See, e.g., Hudson v. Palmer, 468 U.S. 517 (1984); Zinerman v. Burch, 494 U.S. 113 (1990). However, analysis of the various arguments is tangential tan·gen·tial also tan·gen·tal
1. Of, relating to, or moving along or in the direction of a tangent.
2. Merely touching or slightly connected.
3. to the discussion within this Note.
(266)See supra note 73 and accompanying text. Indeed, not only was petitioner arrested (seized) pursuant to an arrest warrant, but probable cause to stand trial was also determined through a preliminary hearing. See supra note 80 and accompanying text. It is unclear what effect this additional finding of probable cause should have on a court reviewing the objective reasonableness of the seizure. However, if both findings were predicated upon one individual's testimony (through affidavit or otherwise), it seems logical that a court should apply the test of "knowing or reckless falsity" to both determinations. See Leon, 468 U.S. at 914.
(267)Leon, 486 U.S. at 914. Presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. , if there was "knowing or reckless falsity" of the testimony of Detective Oliver at the preliminary hearing, this would also constitute a violation of petitioner's Fourth Amendment rights. See Albright v. Oliver, 114 S. Ct. 801, 816 (1994) (Ginsburg, J., concurring) ("Oliver's testimony at the preliminary hearing, if deliberately misleading, violated the Fourth Amendment by perpetuating the seizure").
(268)Leon, 468 U.S. at 914.
(269)See supra note 79 and accompanying text (listing the various issues Detective Oliver failed to relate at the preliminary hearing).
(270)See supra note 211 (noting that petitioner only advanced a substantive due process violation in his petition for certiorari).
(271)Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 816 (Ginsburg, J., concurring).
(272)Leon, 486 U.S. at 914.
(273)Id. at 926.
(274)Justices Stevens and Blackmun, who both dissented in the case. Albright, 114 S. Ct. at 822-35.