A recurring question in §1983 cases is whether unarmed, fleeing suspects pose the requisite threat to officers or others to justify the use of deadly force. Related questions include the availability of qualified immunity at the summary-judgement stage. A recent Eighth Circuit decision embodies conflicting views on this subject.
In what may be a first across the United States since the coronavirus pandemic canceled jury trials, Texas judges on Monday invited a jury pool to a court proceeding over video teleconference. Monday's hearing in an insurance dispute was actually a "summary jury trial," which is an alternative dispute resolution process.