Brief filed: 03/14/2019
Taylor v. County of Pima
9th Circuit Court of Appeals; Case No. 17-16980
Panel decision 913 F.3d 930 (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2019)
Rehearing is warranted to preclude governments from immunizing themselves from liability by conditioning release from wrongful incarceration on a no-contest plea. The inherently coercive no-contest plea required as a condition of release from wrongful imprisonment should not be allowed to confer immunity. Heck does not apply to lawsuits by former prisoners who have completed their sentences and cannot seek a writ of habeas corpus. The panel’s majority causation holding should be reheard to prevent significant and deleterious practical effects. Restricting Heck to its proper scope will not unduly burden government, but would serve the interests of justice.
Donald M. Falk, Mayer Brown LLP, Palo Alto, CA.