Bloomberg Law
Feb. 3, 2023, 10:09 PM

Village’s Prior Appeal Stance Hands Police Chief Due Process Win

Patrick Dorrian
Patrick Dorrian

University Park, Ill., conceded that its former police chief had a protected property interest in his job and is liable for firing him without a chance to be heard, the Seventh Circuit ruled Friday.

The decision highlights the difference between conceding a legal position or argument for a limited purpose, such as an appeal focused on a separate issue, and a broader, unrestricted concession.

The village made the later type of concession the first time Eddie Ray Bradley’s lawsuit was before it on appeal, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit said. The concession was therefore “permanent” and ...

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