Case Detail
CitationSchneyder v. Smith, 653 F.3d 313 (3d Cir. 2011)
Pros. First NameSmith
Pros. Last NameGina
Trial Year2005
BodyAppeals court
OpinionDetainee held as a material witness in a homicide prosecution brought a civil rights action against the prosecutor who secured her arrest warrant, alleging the prosecutor failed to have her released from custody knowing that her testimony was not required for several months. The Third Circuit Court of Appeals held that the prosecutor's conduct was sufficient to establish prima facie violation of detainee's Fourth Amendment rights; the detainee's Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable seizures was clearly established; and the prosecutor was not entitled to prosecutorial immunity. "Smith's duty as a state official not to cause the violation of anyone's constitutional rights demanded that she advise the court of any substantial change in the circumstances justifying Schneyder's seizure as a material witness. Smith was not required to advocate for Schneyder's release; she was obligated to provide the court with the information it needed to properly perform its adjudicative function. A jury could find that she breached this duty, and thereby proximately caused a violation of Schneyder's Fourth Amendment rights."
Determination Year2011
Misconduct TypeP
C/S EffectNo effect
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
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