Tag Archives: Malicious Prosecution

Tort/Negligence – Malicious Prosecution & Abuse of Process – Labor & Employment – Public Employees – Civil Conspiracy Claim (access required)

Faile v. Lancaster County Where plaintiff alleges that individual defendants, who were employed by the county and by the sheriff’s office, worked together to have him charged with disorderly conduct and harassment for the improper purpose of creating a pretext to fire him, plaintiff has stated a claim of malicious prosecution.

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Civil Rights – Constitutional – Fourth Amendment – Malicious Prosecution – Arrest Warrants — Probable Cause (access required)

Williams v. Sims Although the solicitor’s office dismissed the charges against plaintiff without prejudice and returned the case to the sheriff’s office for further investigation, plaintiff has not shown that the defendant-deputy lacked probable cause to seek arrest warrants for him.

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Civil Rights – Malicious Prosecution – Qualified Immunity – Lack of Probable Cause – Impersonating a Police Officer (access required)

Merchant v. Bauer A Fairfax County police officer could not objectively and reasonably have believed plaintiff was impersonating a police officer in violation of a Virginia statute when plaintiff, a psychologist who served as deputy director of a Maryland county correctional department, had a badge in her pocket, used air quotes to refer to her county-provided “police car,” and told the officer he should show her professional courtesy; the 4th Circuit upholds a denial of qualified immunity to the officer.

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