With ‘Arctic Man’ Ruling, Supreme Court Limits Certain Retaliatory Arrest Lawsuits

Route Fifty: If police show probable cause for arresting someone, then that person has a narrow path to file a lawsuit alleging that the arrest was in retaliation for something previously said or expressed to officers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

The episode at the center of the case unfolded in 2014 at the “Arctic Man” festival, held in the Hoodoo Mountains, near Paxson, Alaska. Snowmobile races, bonfires, parties and copious drinking are among the activities at the event, according to court documents.

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