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Harvard v. Cesnalis

3rd Circuit

September 1, 2020

Read the 3rd Circuit’s opinion in Harvard v. Cesnalis. It is equal parts sad and unbelievable. In this Section 1983 suit, the police believed a (White) violent attacker’s implausible story, discredited the (Black) plaintiff’s corroborated and perfectly plausible story, and charged the plaintiff with DUI despite his heroic acts to protect a stranger from her attacker. The 3rd Circuit went through a text-book analysis for false arrest and related claims before reversing the district court’s grant of summary judgment on the plaintiff’s most important claims.

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