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Dean v. County of Gage, Nebraska

United States Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

August 31, 2015

James L. Dean; Lois P. White, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Joseph White, deceased;
v.
County of Gage, Nebraska, a Nebraska political subdivision; Burdette Searcey, Dep., in his official and individual capacities; Wayne R. Price, PhD., in his official and individual capacities; Ryan L. Timmerman, Personal Representative of the Estate of Jerry O. DeWitt, Defendants - Appellees, Kathleen A. Gonzalez; Thomas W. Winslow; Ada Joann Taylor; Debra Sheldon, Plaintiff - Appellant Richard T. Smith, in his official and individual capacities; Gerald Lamkin, Dep., in his official and individual capacities; Gage County Attorney's Office, a Nebraska political subdivision; Gage County Sheriff's Office, a Nebraska political subdivision, Defendants; James L. Dean; Lois P. White, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Joseph White, deceased; Kathleen A. Gonzalez; Thomas W. Winslow; Ada Joann Taylor; Debra Sheldon, Plaintiffs - Appellees
v.
County of Gage, Nebraska, a Nebraska political subdivision, Defendant, Burdette Searcey, Dep., in his official and individual capacities; Wayne R. Price, PhD., in his official and individual capacities; Ryan L. Timmerman, Personal Representative of the Estate of Jerry O. DeWitt, Defendants - Appellants, Richard T. Smith, in his official and individual capacities; Gerald Lamkin, Dep., in his official and individual capacities; Gage County Attorney's Office, a Nebraska political subdivision; Gage County Sheriff's Office, a Nebraska political subdivision, Defendants

Submitted May 13, 2015.

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Appeals from United States District Court for the District of Nebraska - Lincoln.

For James L. Dean, Plaintiff - Appellant (14-1747): Herbert J. Friedman, FRIEDMAN LAW OFFICES, Lincoln, NE.

For Lois P. White, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Joseph White, deceased, Kathleen A. Gonzalez, Thomas W. Winslow, Ada Joann Taylor, Plaintiffs - Appellants (14-1747): Robert F. Bartle, BARTLE & GEIER, Lincoln, NE; Jeffry D. Patterson, PATTERSON LAW, Lincoln, NE; Douglas J. Stratton, STRATTON & PTAK, Norfolk, NE.

For Debra Shelden, Plaintiff - Appellant (14-1747): Maren Lynn Chaloupka, Attorney, CHALOUPKA & HOLYOKE, Scottsbluff, NE; Matthew Kosmicki, BRENNAN & NIELSEN, Lincoln, NE.

For County of Gage, Nebraska, a Nebraska political subdivision, Burdette Searcey, Dep., in his official and individual capacities, Wayne R. Price, PhD., in his official and individual capacities, Ryan L. Timmerman, Personal Representative of the Estate of Jerry O. DeWitt, Defendants - Appellees (14-1747): Richard L. Boucher, Jennifer M. Tomka, BOUCHER LAW FIRM, Lincoln, NE; Paul L. Douglas, Lincoln, NE; Patrick T. O'Brien, BUTLER & GALTER, Lincoln, NE.

For James L. Dean, Plaintiff - Appellee (14-1773): Herbert J. Friedman, FRIEDMAN LAW OFFICES, Lincoln, NE.

For Lois P. White, as Personal Representative of the Estate of Joseph White, deceased, Kathleen A. Gonzalez, Thomas W. Winslow, Ada Joann Taylor, Plaintiffs - Appellees (14-1773): Robert F. Bartle, BARTLE & GEIER, Lincoln, NE; Jeffry D. Patterson, PATTERSON LAW, Lincoln, NE; Douglas J. Stratton, STRATTON & PTAK, Norfolk, NE.

For Debra Shelden, Plaintiff - Appellee (14-1773): Maren Lynn Chaloupka, Attorney, CHALOUPKA & HOLYOKE, Scottsbluff, NE; Matthew Kosmicki, BRENNAN & NIELSEN, Lincoln, NE.

For Burdette Searcey, Dep., in his official and individual capacities, Wayne R. Price, PhD., in his official and individual capacities, Ryan L. Timmerman, Personal Representative of the Estate of Jerry O. DeWitt, Defendants - Appellants (14-1773): Richard L. Boucher, Jennifer M. Tomka, BOUCHER LAW FIRM, Lincoln, NE.

Before WOLLMAN, SMITH, and BENTON, Circuit Judges.

OPINION

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BENTON, Circuit Judge.

DNA evidence exonerated Joseph E. White and the five other plaintiffs of rape and murder. They sued Gage County and the officers involved in their case. After an appeal from summary judgment and a mistrial on remand, the district court dismissed plaintiffs' conspiracy claim and all claims against Gage County. The district court denied qualified immunity to the officers. Having jurisdiction under 28 U.S.C. ...


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