Wilson v. City of Boston, No. 04-1310 is a 1983 case. Police performed a mass arrest of people under the guise of a job fair. They arrested someone who was not only innocent but had no outstanding warrants – because she was not a person to whom an advertisement was addressed. (Pretty amazing considering that she was 18, and therefore presumed to have done something. Or, as the friendly police said, "We know you're lying and until you tell us the truth, you'll sit out here.” ) She sued. District Court granted summary judgment to the city, but a jury found against the arresting officers on 1983, false imprisonment, and state civil rights claims. The District Court found that the commanding officer (that planned the mass arrest) was entitled to qualified immunity and granted a motion for a JNOV even though the jury had awarded nominal damages of one dollar. The First goes through the traditional qualified immunity analysis, and concludes that even though she was detained 30 minutes more than necessary, it was close, and therefore plaintiff loses. I wonder if the result would have been any different if Westchester law students were detained at an on-campus interview event.