James v. City of Albany


19-2452-cv James v. City of Albany, et al UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SECOND CIRCUIT SUMMARY ORDER RULINGS BY SUMMARY ORDER DO NOT HAVE PRECEDENTIAL EFFECT. CITATION TO A SUMMARY ORDER FILED ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 2007, IS PERMITTED AND IS GOVERNED BY FEDERAL RULE OF APPELLATE PROCEDURE 32.1 AND THIS COURT'S LOCAL RULE 32.1.1. WHEN CITING A SUMMARY ORDER IN A DOCUMENT FILED WITH THIS COURT, A PARTY MUST CITE EITHER THE FEDERAL APPENDIX OR AN ELECTRONIC DATABASE (WITH THE NOTATION "SUMMARY ORDER"). A PARTY CITING A SUMMARY ORDER MUST SERVE A COPY OF IT ON ANY PARTY NOT REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL. At a stated term of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, held at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse, 40 Foley Square, in the City of New York, on the 13th day of January, two thousand twenty-one. PRESENT: GUIDO CALABRESI, REENA RAGGI, DENNY CHIN, Circuit Judges. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -x STEVEN JAMES, Plaintiff-Appellant, -v- 19-2452-cv CITY OF ALBANY, JASON R. VOGEL, DETECTIVE, Defendants-Appellees. ∗ – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -x ∗ The Clerk of the Court is respectfully directed to amend the official caption to conform to the above. FOR PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT: Steven James, pro se, Dannemora, New York. FOR DEFENDANTS-APPELLEES: Abigail W. Rehfuss, The Rehfuss Law Firm, P.C., Latham, New York. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (D'Agostino, J.). UPON CONSIDERATION WHEREOF, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that the judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED. Plaintiff-appellant Steven James, pro se, appeals the district court's judgment entered July 30, 2019 in favor of defendants-appellees the City of Albany and Albany Police Department Detective Jason Vogel ("defendants"), and dismissing James's claims. James alleged that defendants had, among other things, subjected him to false arrest, malicious prosecution, and deprivation of a fair trial. 1 The district court held a two-day trial, and, after James rested, the district court granted defendants' Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 50(a) motion for judgment as a matter of law. Ruling from the bench, the district court concluded as a matter of law that James failed to show that defendants (1) deprived him of his liberty, (2) lacked probable cause to arrest him, or (3) fabricated evidence. We assume the parties' familiarity with the underlying facts, procedural history of the case, and issues on appeal. 1 James also claimed below that defendants violated his due process rights and subjected him to cruel and unusual punishment, but he did not raise these claims on appeal, and so we do …

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