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Stanton v. Sims, 12-1217

In a suit under 42 U.S.C. section 1983, alleging that a police officer unreasonably searched plaintiff's yard without a warrant in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the Ninth Circuit's holding that the officer was not entitled to qualified immunity, on grounds that the law clearly established the officer's pursuit of a suspect into plaintiff's yard did not justify his warrantless entry because the suspect was only suspected of a misdemeanor, is reversed where the officer was not "plainly incompetent" in entering plaintiff's yard while in hot pursuit.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 11/04/2013
  • Published 11/04/2013



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