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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
Alvarez v. City of Brownsville
Citation:904 F.3d 382 (5th Cir. 2018)
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Alvarez (Plaintiff) pleaded guilty to assault on a police officer. However, the prosecution failed to disclose a video of the incident that tended to exonerate Alvarez. Alvarez then pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced. The video was discovered four years later, and when Alvarez filed a writ of habeas corpus and presented it to a Texas court, all charges against him were dismissed. Alvarez then brought this civil rights claim against the City of Brownsville (Defendant).
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