From our private database of 13,300+ case briefs...
Garcetti v. Ceballos
United States Supreme Court
547 U.S. 410 (2006)
Richard Ceballos (plaintiff), a deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, believed an affidavit used to obtain a critical search warrant contained severe inaccuracies, and contacted the warrant affiant, a Los Angeles deputy sheriff, about the reasons for the inaccuracies. Ceballos was unsatisfied with the deputy sheriff’s answers, and relayed his findings to his supervisors. Ceballos recommended that the case be dismissed. His supervisors decided to proceed with the prosecution, however, and Ceballos was called by the defense to testify about the inaccuracies in the affidavit. After his testimony, Ceballos claims that he was subjected to several retaliatory employment actions. Ceballos brought suit in federal district court against Garcetti (defendant), the Los Angeles County District Attorney, on the grounds that the First Amendment protected his testimony. The district court ruled that Garcetti was protected by qualified immunity, but the court of appeals reversed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Kennedy, J.)
Dissent (Stevens, J.)
Dissent (Souter, J.)
Dissent (Breyer, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 136,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,300 briefs, keyed to 182 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.