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Hazle v. Crofoot, 11-15354

In a 42 U.S.C. 1983 action in which plaintiff, an atheist, alleged that his constitutional rights were violated when his parole was revoked after he refused to participate in a residential drug treatment program that required him to acknowledge a higher power, the district court's denial of plaintiff's motion for a new trial after the jury awarded him nothing in damages, is reversed and remanded, where: 1) as a matter of law, plaintiff was entitled to compensatory damages from the state defendants for his unlawful term of imprisonment; and 2) the district judge erred in instructing the jury to determine whether liability should have been apportioned among the multiple defendants in this case and in dismissing certain other of plaintiff’s claims.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/23/2013
  • Published 08/23/2013

Judges

  • REINHARDT

Court

  • United States Ninth Circuit

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