Ochser v. FunkAnnotate this Case
Clifford Ochser brought a civil rights action against two deputy sheriffs for arresting him on a warrant that had been quashed some thirteen months earlier. The trial court granted the deputies' motion for summary judgment, ruling that an arresting officer is entitled to qualified immunity when the arrest is made on a facially valid warrant. A divided court of appeals affirmed. At issue on appeal was the scope of qualified immunity in the context of arrests made pursuant to a facially valid but quashed warrant. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that although Ochser's arrest was an unreasonable seizure prohibited by the Fourth Amendment, the deputies were entitled to qualified immunity because then-existing law did not clearly establish the constitutionality of their actions.