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Civil Procedure Keyed to Field
Rinehart v. Locke
Citation:454 F.2d 313
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Rinehart (plaintiff) brought a lawsuit in 1969 against several private detectives and police officers (defendants) for violating his constitutional rights when arresting him. The district court dismissed the complaint under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) due to allege lack of probable cause for his arrest. Rinehart sought leave to amend his complaint to add this allegation, but the judge denied leave. Rinehart did not appeal.
More than a year later, Rinehart brought a second action based on the same arrest. He filed an identical complaint as his first lawsuit, except it included an allegation of lack of probable cause. The district court dismissed the complaint on the basis of res judicata. Rinehart appealed.
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