Haley v. City of Boston, No. 10-2064 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
After discovery of previously-undisclosed evidence, plaintiff's murder conviction was vacated and he was released after more than 30 years in prison. His suit for damages, against the city and detectives, was dismissed. The First Circuit affirmed in part. Holding that the detectives were entitled to qualified immunity on one count, the court noted that in 1972 it was not clearly established that Brady's no-fault disclosure obligation applied to police officers as opposed to prosecutors. They were not entitled to immunity on a claim of deliberate deception in concealing evidence and allowing false testimony. Plaintiff's allegations were sufficient to state a 42 U.S.C. 1983 claim for municipal liability.