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Ilann Margalit MaazelIlann Margalit Maazel ()

In Rentas v. Ruffin, 816 F.3d 214 (2d Cir. 2016), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit took the highly unusual step of ordering a new trial in light of the district court’s erroneous exclusion of evidence in a case brought by a Rikers prison inmate alleging he was assaulted by corrections officers, who then made false statements leading to the inmate’s conviction. The case provides a reminder as to the complexities of civil rights cases under Section 1983, particularly involving claims of malicious prosecution and right to fair trial.

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