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Last Friday, June 15, 2012– the 797th anniversary of the Magna Carta– I was very honored to receive a Pony Award from Sam Dalton and Mary Howell.  Liz Cumming, John Adcock, and Katie Schwartzman were also all recipients What is a Pony Award, you ask?  Well, as Sam and Mary explained, it’s a friendly award […]Continue reading

New Orleans Times Picayune Public defender sues Sheriff’s Office over 2009 arrest in court Published: Thursday, November 11, 2010, 2:56 PM Updated: Thursday, November 11, 2010, 3:43 PM Gwen Filosa, The Times-Picayune Gwen Filosa, The Times-Picayune An Orleans Parish public defender has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office, claiming that deputies […]Continue reading

In federal civil rights practice, pendent state law claims are often filed alongside the main allegations of federal civil rights violations. In an excessive force case, for example, the plaintiffs might allege that police officers not only violated their constitutional rights under color of law, thereby violating 42 USC sec. 1983, but also that they […]Continue reading