U.S. Appeals Court: SUICIDE.
Ster1ing v. Borough of Minersville, 232 F.3d 190 (3rd Cir. 2000). The executrix for the estate of' an arrestee who committed suicide after an officer threatened to disclose his suspected sexual orientation brought a 1983 action asserting violations of the arrestee's rights to privacy and equal protection rights. The district court denied qualified immunity for some of the defendants and they appealed. The appeals court affirmed, finding that an officer's threat to disclosed the arrestee's suspected homosexuality violated the arrestee's constitutional right to privacy and that the officer and a fellow officer were not entitled to qualified immunity. The arrestee had committed suicide after his release from custody. (City of Minersville Police Department, Pennsylvania)