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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Dennis Bright, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Lt. Littlefield, Sgt. Meyers, Officer John Doe # 1, Officer John Doe # 2, John Doe # 3 also known as "Eric," and Chester F. Waterhouse, Defendants, Dorothy Ailshie, Tim Moore and A-Able Bail Bonds, a Missouri company, Defendants-Appellees.

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Should defendants be excused from false imprisonment liability when they mistakenly exercise otherwise-legal restraint on the wrong individual? Plaintiff’s brother identified himself as the plaintiff when arrested and used his brother’s name when obtaining a bond. After his brother absconds on the bond, a facially valid warrant was issued in the plaintiff's name. A bounty hunter apprehended the plaintiff and took him to court.