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Bohannon v. Pegelow

652 F.2d 729 (1981)

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Bohannon v. Pegelow

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

652 F.2d 729 (1981)

Facts

Howard Pegelow (defendant), a police officer, arrested J. B. Bohannon (plaintiff) for facilitating prostitution. Julene Leatherman personally observed the arrest. The district attorney declined to prosecute Bohannon. Subsequently, Bohannon filed a civil suit, alleging that Pegelow arrested him without probable cause. At the trial, Leatherman testified that, in her opinion, the arrest was motivated by Pegelow’s racial prejudice. The district-court judge admitted Leatherman’s opinion under Federal Rule of Evidence 701. The jury ruled in favor of Bohannon. Pegelow appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Campbell, J.)

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