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16529Re: [tips_and_tricks] § 1983 Civil Rights lawsuit law review

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  • Randy
    Jan 6, 2009
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      Hi Virgil,

      I would have to disagree with you on your statement that 1983 is only for enforcing 14th Amendment violations.

      14th Amendment
      Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

      As can be seen above the 14th Amend does protect those that don't claim to be citizens.

      Title 42, § 1983 of the U.S. Code provides a mechanism for seeking redress for an alleged deprivation of a litigant’s federal constitutional and federal statutory rights by persons acting under color of state law. Section 1983 reads as follows:

      Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation,
      custom, or usage, of any state or territory, subjects, or causes to be subjected,
      any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction
      thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities
      secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party
      injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding
      for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer
      for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive
      relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated
      or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section,
      any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia
      shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

      As can be seen above the statute protects citizens and other persons.

      Randy Hunt

      Virgil Cooper wrote:

      Hello Vicki and others on this list,


      Just a quick comment.  Those of us who have done years of legal and constitutional research are aware that

      a “1983 Civil Rights Complaint” is an automatic admission that the complainant is relying on the Fourteenth

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