Crispin-Taveras v. Peraza-Delgado, No. 09-2626 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
The plaintiff, a U.S. Marine, claims that he was injured by police who were ejecting a fan during a baseball game. Criminal charges brought against the plaintiff for his involvement in the incident were dismissed and he filed suit under 42 U.S.C. 1983. The district court awarded damages against the municipality ($35,000) and against each of four officers ($10,000 each). The First Circuit affirmed. The district court acted within its discretion in rejecting defendants' motions based on untimely service of process; in entering default judgments for defendants' repeated failures to comply with discovery orders; in admitting evidence about the plaintiff's psychological treatment; and in refusing to give the municipality's proposed jury instruction on causation..