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Gatlin Ex Rel. Gatlin v. Green.

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Gatlin Ex Rel. Gatlin v. Green, 227 F.Supp.2d 1064 (D.Minn. 2002). The estate of a cooperating witness in a murder investigation brought civil rights, civil rights conspiracy, and state law claims against a police officer and city. The witness had been murdered after police released a prisoner's letter that identified the witness. The district court granted the defendants' motion for summary judgment. The court found that there was no clearly established right at the time of the murder, that required police or jail officers to embargo or detain threatening prison mail or to protect cooperating confidential informants from retaliatory violence. The court noted that the officer who released the prisoner's letter repeatedly warned the informant and took steps to help the informant leave the state and to protect him. The court found that the city's failure to provide more training to police officers in prisoner-rights law or the regulation of jail correspondence, was inadequate to support civil rights liability for the city under a failure-to-train theory. (Carver County Jail, Minnesota)
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Title Annotation:FREE SPEECH, EXPRESSION, ASSOC.; civil rights conspiracy
Publication:Corrections Caselaw Quarterly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U4MN
Date:Feb 1, 2003
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