Kingsley v. Hendrickson

Brief for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner.

Brief filed: 03/09/2015


Kingsley v. Hendrickson

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 14-6368

Prior Decision

Decision below 744 F.3d 443 (7th Cir. 2014).


The Court has assessed the objective reasonableness of alleged civil liberties deprivations by law enforcement personnel for more than a century. The Court has applied the objective reasonableness test to excessive force cases. The Court’s reasoning in support of the objective reasonableness test is equally applicable to cases involving pretrial detainees.

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Mitchell F. Dolin, Jeff Kosseff, David Metcalf, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC; Barbara E. Bergman, Albuquerque, NM.