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Date: 07-29-2021

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Case Number: 19-2725

Judge: Margaret A. Brennan

Court: United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit

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Chicago, IL - Criminal defense lawyer represented defendant with unlawful pretrial detention
based on fabricated evidence claim.

In September 2013, Chicago Police Officers Ranita Mitchell
and Herman Otero stopped a car in which Keith Smith was a
passenger.1 According to Smith, the two officers fabricated a
story that, during this stop, he made a “furtive movement”
and that the officers found a bullet in the car. The officers
1 We accept as true all material allegations of the complaint and draw
all reasonable inferences in plaintiff’s favor. Doe v. Holcomb, 883 F.3d 971,
975 (7th Cir. 2018).
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arrested Smith and he was detained for seven months in the
Cook County Jail. Smith was released on bond “on or about”
March 29, 2014. While on bond, Smith was required to appear
in court once per month and to request permission before
leaving the State of Illinois. Smith contends his bond
conditions diminished his employment prospects and that he
experienced financial stress and emotional anxiety over the
preparation of his defense. He was acquitted of the charges
against him on July 21, 2016.
Smith filed this action against the City and the officers on
July 18, 2018. He alleges the officers violated § 1983 by using
fabricated evidence to place him in custody in violation of the
Fourth Amendment. He brought his claim against the City
under Monell v. Department of Social Services of City of N.Y., 436
U.S. 658 (1978), and he claims the police department’s “code
of silence” resulted in his detention.
The district court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss Smith’s complaint. The court concluded that Smith’s
Fourth Amendment claim was time barred because the statute
of limitations for his claim was two years and the statute began to run the day Smith was released on bond, March 29,
2014. Because Smith did not file his lawsuit until July 18, 2018,
it fell outside the limitations period. The district court also dismissed Smith’s claim against the City because he conceded it
was intertwined with his allegations against the officers.
Smith moved the district court to reconsider its decision,
contending that in Mitchell v. City of Elgin, 912 F.3d 1012 (7th
Cir. 2019), this court noted the possibility that bond conditions could constitute a Fourth Amendment “seizure.” If they
did, Smith argued, the statute of limitations would not have
started to run until the bond conditions were lifted upon his
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acquittal, resulting in a timely claim. But after granting the
motion for reconsideration, the district court affirmed its dismissal of Smith’s complaint and concluded that his bond conditions were not sufficiently onerous to constitute a seizure.
The district court also declined to extend the Supreme Court’s
holding in McDonough—that claims for fabrication of evidence under the due process clause accrue on the favorable
termination of the proceedings—to Smith’s claims under the
Fourth Amendment.
We review de novo the district court’s ruling on a motion
to dismiss. Warciak v. Subway Rest., Inc., 949 F.3d 354, 356 (7th
Cir. 2020).
Smith presents alternative avenues to avoid the district
court’s conclusion that his Fourth Amendment claim is time
barred. The first asks us to overrule the claim accrual rule of
Manuel v. City of Joliet (Manuel II), 903 F.3d 667, 668 (7th Cir.
2018) based on the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonough
and hold that the statute of limitations did not begin to run
until Smith’s acquittal on July 21, 2016. The second claims that
the conditions of Smith’s bond constituted a seizure such that
he was not released from confinement, and therefore that the
limitations period did not begin to run until July 21, 2016.
Although state law determines the length of the statute of
limitations for a § 1983 claim, federal law provides when that
limitations period begins. McDonough v. Smith, 139 S. Ct. 2149,
2155 (2019). In Illinois, the limitations period is two years. See
735 ILCS 5/13-202; Manuel II, 903 F.3d at 668. When Smith’s
claim accrued is dispositive of his case. If his claim accrued
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when he was released on bond, on March 29, 2014, his claim
is time barred because he did not file until more than four
years later. But if his claim accrued when he was acquitted on
July 21, 2016, he filed (just barely) within the limitations period.
In determining when the limitations period began for
Smith’s Fourth Amendment claims, we do not write on a
clean slate. In Manuel v. City of Joliet (Manuel I), 137 S. Ct. 911,
918–19 (2017), the Supreme Court reversed this court and held
that a claim “that a form of legal process resulted in pretrial
detention unsupported by probable cause” sounds in the
Fourth Amendment. The Court left the accrual-date issue for
consideration on remand. Id. at 920. In Manuel II, this court
held that a Fourth Amendment claim for unlawful pretrial detention accrues when the plaintiff is released from custody.
Manuel II, 903 F.3d at 669. This court reasoned that an analogy
to malicious prosecution—where claims accrue after a favorable determination of legal proceedings—was inapt because
“the Justices deprecated” that analogy. Id. at 670. And because
“the wrong is the detention rather than the existence of criminal charges, the period of limitations also should depend on
the dates of the detention.” Id.
The application of Manuel II to Smith’s claims is straightforward. Assuming for now that Smith’s release from custody
occurred when he was released on bond, Manuel II suggests
that Smith’s limitations period began to run on March 29,
2014. This would mean Smith’s claim is time-barred because
he filed this lawsuit more than four years later, on July 18,
Smith argues that the legal picture is not so clear, however.
He contends that the Supreme Court’s recent decision in
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McDonough implicitly overruled Manuel II, establishing that
the accrual date for Smith’s claim occurred at the favorable
termination of his legal proceedings, not when he was released on bond. In McDonough, the plaintiff brought a § 1983
claim based on the fabrication of evidence used in his prosecution. 139 S. Ct. at 2153. He alleged that a prosecutor used
this fabricated evidence to indict him and try him twice, resulting in acquittal. Id. The Second Circuit had construed his
fabrication claim as alleging a violation of procedural due
process under the Fourteenth Amendment and held that the
claim accrued when the plaintiff’s liberty was first restricted.
139 S. Ct. at 2154; see also McDonough v. Smith, 898 F.3d 259,
266 (2d Cir. 2018). The Supreme Court reversed. It assumed
that the Second Circuit had properly construed the fabrication
claim as a due process claim. 139 S. Ct. at 2155. After this determination, the Court concluded that the common law analogue to the plaintiff’s claim was malicious prosecution. Id. at
2156. This led the Court to hold that, like a malicious prosecution claim, a due process claim based on fabricated
evidence accrues at the favorable termination of the plaintiff’s
legal proceedings. Id. at 2153.
Smith contends his fabricated evidence claim mirrors the
one in McDonough. According to Smith, McDonough established a general rule that all § 1983 claims based on fabrication
of evidence accrue at the favorable termination of the proceedings against the plaintiff. For Smith, it follows then that
the accrual date for his claims should be when he was acquitted—July 21, 2016.
The “threshold inquiry in a § 1983 suit” is to “identify the
specific constitutional right at issue.” Manuel I, 137 S. Ct. at
920. In McDonough, the Court “assume[d] without deciding
that the Second Circuit’s articulations of the right at issue and
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its contours [were] sound” and the Second Circuit had construed the plaintiff’s claim as one under the due process
clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. 139 S. Ct. at 2155. The
Court further noted that it “express[ed] no view as to what
other constitutional provisions (if any) might provide safeguards against the creation or use of fabricated evidence.” Id.
at 2155 n.2.
Smith’s unlawful pretrial detention claim does not stem
from the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause, like
the claim in McDonough, but from the Fourth Amendment.2
The allegedly fabricated evidence may have led to Smith’s
pretrial detention, but its use is not a freestanding claim under
§ 1983. A claim that an official employed fabricated evidence
against a plaintiff must be tethered to a specific constitutional
provision. See Spiegel v. Rabinovitz, 121 F.3d 251, 254 (7th Cir.
1997) (“Section 1983 is not itself a font for substantive rights;
instead it acts as an instrument for vindicating federal rights
conferred elsewhere.”) Here, Smith proceeds under the
Fourth Amendment. Because the constitutional provisions in
McDonough differ from those here, McDonough’s analogy to
the tort of malicious prosecution as a rationale for the favorable-termination rule is distinguishable. Indeed, Manuel II already rejected that analogy for Fourth Amendment claims,
2 At oral argument in this court, Smith contended his appeal included
a due process claim under the Fourteenth Amendment. But to the extent
Smith previously advanced such a claim, he disavowed it. In Smith’s reply
brief on his motion to reconsider in the district court, he conceded that this
court’s decision in Lewis v. City of Chicago, 914 F.3d 472 (7th Cir. 2019), is
“fatal to [his] claim under the due process clause.” D.Ct. D.E. 43 n.2. We
construe this as an abandonment of a due process claim, and this appeal
reviews only Smith’s Fourth Amendment claim.
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903 F.3d at 670, and McDonough does not conflict with that
Things get more complicated when we examine some of
the specific reasoning of McDonough. Particularly, the Supreme Court noted that McDonough would have been unable
to bring his claims before the favorable termination of legal
proceedings because “his claims challenge the validity of the
criminal proceedings against him in essentially the same
manner as the plaintiff in Heck [v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477
(1994)] challenged the validity of his conviction.” McDonough
139 S. Ct. at 2158.
The plaintiff in Heck filed a § 1983 claim for damages challenging the legality of various aspects of his arrest, trial, and
conviction. Id. at 479. The Supreme Court held that the plaintiff’s claim was barred because he was still serving the sentence for the conviction he alleged was secured unlawfully.
Id. at 486–87. Heck’s rule, as initially espoused, was that a
§ 1983 plaintiff could not obtain damages for challenges to
conviction or imprisonment, or any actions that would necessarily invalidate a conviction, until the conviction was set
aside. Id.
The Court refined this principle in Wallace v. Kato, 549 U.S.
384, 393 (2007). The plaintiff in Wallace brought a § 1983 claim
for false arrest and the question before the Court was when
3 Because we follow Manuel II, we need not reach the City’s argument
that a Fourth Amendment claim for unlawful pretrial detention is more
analogous to the common law tort of false imprisonment than malicious
prosecution. It suffices that Manuel II is good law after McDonough, and
that Manuel II rejected the malicious prosecution analogy.
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the statute of limitations began to run. Id. at 386. Likening his
claim to the common law tort of false imprisonment, the
Court held that the limitations period began to run when the
plaintiff was brought before a judge at the start of legal process, the same time the tort of false imprisonment accrued at
common law. Id. at 390. The Heck rule did not require a later
accrual time, the Court noted, because that bar applied only
to “extant convictions.” Id. at 393. If a plaintiff brought a false
arrest claim at the start of legal process, the Court reasoned,
then that claim would at most call into question an anticipated
future—not present—conviction or sentence. Id.
McDonough appears to expand the reach of the Heck bar.
The Court recognized that McDonough “differ[ed] from Heck”
because the plaintiff in McDonough was acquitted and was not
challenging an existing conviction. 139 S. Ct. at 2157.
Nevertheless, the Court concluded that the “pragmatic considerations” underlying Heck still applied. Id. at 2158. These
considerations included concerns about parallel federal and
state litigation over the validity of the same prosecutions, as
well as the prospect of a federal court holding an ongoing
state prosecution invalid. Id. The Court stated that “some
claims do fall outside Heck’s ambit when a conviction is
merely anticipated,” but concluded that the plaintiff’s claim
was one that necessarily called into question the entire state
prosecution. Id. (internal quotation marks omitted). This
meant that Heck’s concerns would not allow him to bring the
claim, and therefore the limitations period could not accrue,
until he was acquitted. Id. at 2158. After McDonough, Heck applies not only to a challenge to an extant criminal conviction
or sentence, but also to a claim that “necessarily threatens to
impugn…the prosecution itself.” McDonough, 139 S. Ct. at
2159; see also Savory v. Cannon, 947 F.3d 409, 417 (7th Cir. 2020).
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(“There is no logical way to reconcile those claims with a valid
conviction. Therefore, Heck supplies the rule for accrual of the
Smith argues that his Fourth Amendment claim would
have necessarily impugned his prosecution, urging us to conclude—as the Court did for the plaintiff in McDonough—that
he could not have brought his claim until the favorable termination of his proceedings. For Smith, this means the statute of
limitations could not begin to run before his acquittal. See Manuel II, 903 F.3d at 670 (“Heck tells us that a claim does not
accrue before it is possible to sue on it.”).
Manuel II does not answer this question on its own,
though. There, the plaintiff was released from custody a day
after the charges were dropped against him. Manuel II, 903
F.3d at 669. Here, even if we assume Smith’s custody ended
when he was let out on bond, charges remained pending
against him. In other words, in Manuel II, by the time the
plaintiff was released, there was no prosecution that his § 1983
suit could impugn and therefore nothing that could bring the
Heck rule into play. But here, Smith was still being prosecuted
when he was released on bond.
When determining whether the Heck bar applies, we must
focus on the contours of the constitutional right that provides
a plaintiff’s claim. “[T]he wrong” Smith alleges here “is the
detention rather than the existence of criminal charges.” Id. at
670. A Fourth Amendment violation can happen when there
is an unreasonable search or seizure before the start of the legal process. See Gysan v. Francisko, 965 F.3d 567, 571 (7th Cir.
2020) (analyzing traffic stop). But a violation can also occur
when “a judge’s probable-cause determination is predicated
solely on a police officer’s false statements.” Lewis v. City of
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Chicago, 914 F.3d 472, 476 (7th Cir. 2019) (quoting Manuel I,
137 S. Ct. at 918–19). And even though it occurred after the
start of legal process, like the plaintiff in Wallace, Smith alleges
he was “confined without constitutionally adequate justification” and the ensuing legal process “has done nothing to satisfy the Fourth Amendment’s probable-cause requirement.”
In contrast, McDonough involved no detention. Instead,
that plaintiff alleged he was generally deprived of liberty
without due process. This claimed deprivation was not limited to a probable cause determination by a judge, as it also
included the plaintiff’s court hearings and trials. See
McDonough, 139 S. Ct. at 2156 n.4 (describing the plaintiff’s
liberty deprivation as him being “subject to restrictions on his
ability to travel and other restraints not shared by the public
generally”) (internal quotation marks omitted). In
McDonough, the plaintiff’s claim therefore related directly to
the existence of the criminal charges against him and any attack on those charges necessarily impugned a future conviction. This, the Court reasoned, implicated Heck. Id. at 2159.
Although similarities exist between the due process claim
in McDonough and the Fourth Amendment claim for unlawful pretrial detention here, the differences are significant
enough to warrant dissimilar treatment under Heck. As the
Court noted in McDonough, Heck does not apply to claims
where a conviction is “merely anticipated.” Id. at 2157.
Smith’s claim, like other Fourth Amendment claims, falls
within this category; at the time of his release on bond, he had
been charged but not convicted. True, the statute of limitations for Smith’s Fourth Amendment claim and those the
Court in Wallace concluded did not violate the Heck bar begin
to run at different times. See Wallace, 549 U.S. at 389–90
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(holding that false arrest claims accrue when legal process begins). But this does not undermine the recognition in Wallace
that Fourth Amendment claims are not subject to the Heck bar
because they “merely anticipate” convictions and can accrue
when the Fourth Amendment harm has ended. Cf. Rollins v.
Willett, 770 F.3d 575, 577 (7th Cir. 2014) (holding that plaintiff’s claim for unlawful seizure was not barred by Heck). And
although McDonough took pains to distinguish Wallace, it did
not purport to overrule this portion of Wallace. See
McDonough, 139 S. Ct. at 2157. As shown above, the claim the
Court faced in McDonough would undermine an ongoing
prosecution in a way that neither the false arrest claim in Wallace nor Smith’s claim here would.
To see why Fourth Amendment claims like Smith’s
“merely anticipate” a future conviction—and do not represent the same threat to an existing prosecution as the due process case in McDonough—we can analogize Smith’s claim to
other Fourth Amendment claims. For example, we have noted
that, under Wallace, a plaintiff’s § 1983 claim based on an illegal stop accrues, and is not necessarily barred by Heck, when
the stop occurs. Mordi v. Zeigler, 870 F.3d 703, 708 (7th Cir.
2017). That claim could theoretically impugn aspects of the
future prosecution, but it does not necessarily call the entire
prosecution into doubt. The state may attempt to use evidence
from an allegedly illegal stop in a future prosecution of the
plaintiff, but even if a court agrees with the plaintiff that the
stop was illegal, all that determination would undermine is
the use of that evidence, not the prosecution’s entire case.
Likewise, Smith’s claim can be separated from his overall
prosecution. In fact, the district court noted that the allegedly
fabricated evidence in Smith’s case was not used at his trial,
and nothing in his complaint suggests that it was. So Heck
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would not require a court to bar Smith’s claim if he had
brought it immediately upon his release on bond.
We hold that even when charges remain outstanding, a
Fourth Amendment claim for unlawful pretrial detention accrues upon the plaintiff’s release from detention, and not
upon the favorable termination of the charges against the
plaintiff. Smith’s claim is more like the claim in Wallace than
the claim in McDonough. See Manuel I, 137 S. Ct. at 920 n.8
(“Nothing in the nature of the legal proceeding establishing
probable cause makes a difference for purposes of the Fourth
Amendment.”). Smith’s claim should accrue when the Fourth
Amendment wrong ends. Different types of Fourth Amendment claims accrue at different times. In the search case, the
illegal search is completed when that search occurs. Mordi,
870 F.3d at 708. But in the pretrial detention context here, the
wrong ends when the detention ends. Manuel II, 903 F.3d at
Now there is a concern about federal courts interfering
with ongoing state criminal prosecutions by permitting § 1983
claims based on Fourth Amendment violations, even if those
claims do not call into doubt the entire prosecution. Wallace,
however, addressed this concern by pointing to the ability of
courts to stay actions pending the resolutions of the state processes. 549 U.S. at 393–94. The Court in McDonough rejected
this proposition for a due process claim. 139 S. Ct. at 2158. Yet,
as discussed, a due process claim differs in kind from a Fourth
Amendment claim. A due process claim attacks the whole
prosecution, while the Fourth Amendment claim—whether
about a search, arrest, or pretrial detention—can sometimes
be severed from the rest of the prosecution. At bottom, the
Court in McDonough did not explicitly overrule Wallace’s
holding that a Fourth Amendment claim is not barred by Heck
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even if it could possibly affect a future prosecution. We will
not do so, either.
Because we hold that Smith’s claim accrued upon his release from custody, we must reach his argument that his bond
conditions constituted a seizure. If they did, then Smith was
in custody until his acquittal, and his claim was timely. This
court has previously reserved the question whether bond conditions can ever amount to a Fourth Amendment seizure. See
Mitchell v. City of Elgin, 912 F.3d 1012 (7th Cir. 2019). We now
conclude that the standard bond conditions that Smith experienced did not constitute a continuing seizure.
A seizure of a person “can take the form of physical force
or a show of authority that in some way restrain[s] the liberty
of the person.” Torres v. Madrid, 141 S. Ct. 989, 995 (2021)
(cleaned up). The common law distinguished between these
two means of seizing a person. See California v. Hodari D., 499
U.S. 621, 626 (1991). If physical force is applied, an individual
need not actually be brought under the government’s control
to be seized, whereas when a seizure is accomplished by a
show of authority, submission is required. See Torres, 141 S.
Ct. at 1001. In either situation, the seizure is a specific event,
and “we have repeatedly rejected the concept of continuing
seizure.” Welton v. Anderson, 770 F.3d 670, 675 (7th Cir. 2014)
(internal quotation marks omitted); cf. Torres, 141 S. Ct. at 999
(“[A] seizure by force—absent submission—lasts only as long
as the application of force.”).
Smith cannot plausibly contend that his bond conditions
amounted to a use of physical force. He does not suggest that
any of those conditions involved government agents using
any physical force against him. So to be a seizure, those
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conditions must involve his submission to a show of authority. See Torres, 141 S. Ct. at 1001.4 On this front, Smith argues
that being required to attend court hearings and having to request permission before leaving Illinois amount to a seizure.5
Our opinion in Bielanski v. City of Kane is instructive on
Smith’s position. 550 F.3d 632 (7th Cir. 2008). There, this court
ruled that an individual was not seized within the meaning of
the Fourth Amendment when she was required to appear in
court, request permission before leaving the state, and meet
with an officer once a week. 550 F.3d at 642. This court concluded that the obligation to appear in court, on its own, could
not constitute a seizure because “to hold otherwise would
transform every traffic ticket and jury summons into a potential Section 1983 claim.” Id. at 642; see also Mitchell, 912 F.3d, at
1017 (“We have misgivings about construing a simple obligation to appear in court—a uniform condition of any pretrial
release—as a seizure for Fourth Amendment purposes.”) (internal quotation marks omitted). This court viewed the travel
restrictions as “a precursor to a possible seizure rather than a
seizure itself” because the plaintiff had not shown that she
had ever been denied permission to travel. Bielanski, 550 F.3d
at 642. Bielanski does not control here because it did not
4 Because of these specific requirements for an action to be a Fourth
Amendment seizure, we reject Smith’s argument that because he may
have been considered “in custody” for purposes of habeas corpus relief
while on bond, he must have been seized under the Fourth Amendment.
In short, “there are important differences between modern habeas corpus
and the protections of the Fourth Amendment.” Mitchell 912 F.3d at 1016.
5 As the district court correctly noted, Smith’s other alleged burdens
while on bond cannot constitute a seizure as they are “not unique to individuals on pretrial detention, nor are they conditions of bond imposed by
court order.”
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concern bond requirements. Still, its reasoning is persuasive
given the similarity of the restriction at issue in Bielanski to the
requirements Smith raises here.
Like this court’s view of the pretrial conditions in Bielanski,
we are generally skeptical that standard bond conditions may
constitute a Fourth Amendment seizure. The “quintessential
seizure of the person” from the Founding to the present is an
arrest. Torres, 141 S. Ct. at 995 (quoting Hodari D., 499 U.S. at
624). Two key features of an arrest by a show of authority are
that it involved an attempt to immediately control a person
and a submission by the person to that authority, resulting in
a severe loss of freedom of movement. Torres, 141 S. Ct. at 1001
(“[A] seizure by acquisition of control involves either voluntary submission to a show of authority or the termination of
freedom of movement.”); Hodari D., 499 U.S. at 626. An arrest
is not the only possible seizure of a person, but this paradigmatic example provides grounds to determine what else constitutes a seizure. If we were to analyze this question at too
high a level of generality, we would risk expanding the seizure concept beyond its original meaning. See id. at 998 (“Our
precedent protects that degree of privacy against government
that existed when the Fourth Amendment was adopted.”) (internal quotation marks omitted)).
Requirements to appear in court and to request permission before leaving the state—Smith’s bond conditions here—
do not fit within the historical and judicially recognized
framework of what constitutes a seizure. See Nieves v.
McSweeney, 241 F.3d 46, 54–55 (1st Cir. 2001). The first is not a
present show of authority but a future obligation to do something; it lacks the immediacy of a Fourth Amendment seizure.
Id. Even if the mandate to appear in court could be considered
a show of authority, a person would still need to appear there
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to submit to that authority; so that requirement cannot constitute a seizure, much less an ongoing one. See Anderson, 770
F.3d at 675. Even more, if a duty to attend a hearing is a seizure, then large swaths of compulsory conduct—like jury
duty and traffic hearings—would fall within the amendment’s scope. Mitchell, 912 F.3d at 1017. Finally, even if Smith
could be considered seized when he attended those court
hearings, the duration of his seizure would be limited to the
time he attended the hearing, as our court has rejected the
idea that person can be continually seized and instead views
a seizure as a fixed event. Anderson, 770 F.3d at 675. This does
not help Smith because to prevail he needs to argue he was
continually seized throughout his time on bond. As to a condition that a defendant request permission before traveling,
the court in Bielanski properly considered this a “precursor to
a possible seizure but not a seizure itself.” 550 F.3d at 642. We
agree: There is no restriction on the defendant’s freedom of
movement unless he is denied permission to leave.
Other circuits have had mixed reactions to Smith’s argument that standard bond conditions constitute a Fourth
Amendment seizure. Some have held that such conditions
can constitute a Fourth Amendment seizure in principle and
proceed case-by-case. See, e.g., Evans v. Ball, 168 F.3d 856, 861
(5th Cir. 1999), abrogated on other grounds by Castellano v. Fragozo, 352 F.3d 939 (5th Cir. 2003). The Third Circuit has gone
as far as to hold that a requirement to appear in court is a seizure. See Black v. Montgomery Cnty., 835 F.3d 358, 367–68 (3d
Cir. 2016). Notably, the court in Black based its conclusion that
the bond condition the plaintiff challenged was a seizure on
that circuit’s acceptance of the concept of a “continuing seizure.” Id. As noted above, this court has rejected a “continuing seizure” analysis. See Wallace v. City of Chicago, 440 F.3d
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421, 429 (7th Cir. 2006). Other circuits have rejected Fourth
Amendment challenges to standard bond conditions, while
leaving open the possibility that certain other conditions
might constitute a seizure. See Nieves v. McSweeney, 241 F.3d
at 54–55; Kingsland v. City of Miami, 382 F.3d 1220, 1236 (11th
Cir. 2004) abrogation on other grounds recognized by Hardigree v.
Lofton, 992 F.3d 1216, 1222 (11th Cir. 2021).
We adopt a case-by-case approach on this issue, and we do
not foreclose the possibility that a bond condition might constitute a Fourth Amendment seizure. A condition might involve the present and significant restriction of freedom that
traditionally characterizes a Fourth Amendment seizure. But
any challenged condition must fall within the traditionallydefined scope of what constitutes a seizure. Smith’s requirements that he appear in court and request permission before
travel, analyzed either separately or together, do not fall
within that definition.

Outcome: Applying these principles to Smith’s case, his claim accrued when he left detention and he was released on bond, March 29, 2014. So his filing of this case on July 18, 2018, was outside the two-year statute of limitations and thus untimely.
We therefore AFFIRM the district court’s dismissal of his complaint.6

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