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Aikens v. Ingram, 14-2419

In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action brought by a former reserve military officer alleging that other service members monitored his email messages in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights, the district court's grant of summary judgment to defendants is affirmed where the military abstention doctrine's incident to service test, articulated in Feres v. US, 340 U.S. 135 (1950), requires the court to abstain from reviewing plaintiff's section 1983 case.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2016/01/29




  • United States Fourth Circuit


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