June 29, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Spanish lawmakers on Thursday approved controversial new legal protections for former king Juan Carlos after he lost his total immunity when he abdicated the throne last week. After leaving the throne for his heir, King Felipe VI, Juan Carlos left himself open to possible legal actions, including ...[read more]
May 28, 2014
by Julie Deisher
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that US Secret Service agents are entitled to qualified immunity despite having treated a group of protesters differently based on their viewpoints. In 2004 while then-president George W. Bush was campaigning for re-election, groups of protesters and supporters ...[read more]
May 27, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in Plumhoff v. Rickard that police officers who fatally shot a driver to end a dangerous car chase did not violate the Fourth Amendment. The case was brought on appeal by six officers who claimed they were entitled to qualified immunity in a civil lawsuit filed ...[read more]
March 5, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of Plumhoff v. Rickard on whether the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit erred in denying qualified immunity to police offers who were found to have used unreasonable force against a suspect. The case was brought on appeal by ...[read more]
March 4, 2014
by Jason Kellam
JURIST Guest Columnist Christopher Wimmer, founder of Emergent Legal, discusses Plumhoff v. Rickard and qualified immunity...This term, the US Supreme Court will decide Plumhoff v. Rickard, a qualified immunity case arising out of the police shooting deaths of a man and woman in Memphis, ...[read more]
March 2, 2014
by Michael Micsky
JURIST Guest Columnist Angela Johnson, University of Notre Dame Law School Class of 2014, offers insight into the short per curiam decision in Stanton v. Sims issued by the US Supreme Court on November 4, 2013 which may have created a major hurdle for plaintiffs vindicating constitutional rights ...[read more]
June 4, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Reichle v. Howards that two secret service agents are entitled to qualified immunity in a lawsuit alleging retaliatory arrest. The petitioners are two Secret Service agents who arrested the respondent, Steven Howards, following an encounter with ...[read more]
May 3, 2012
by Jerry Votava
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday granted qualified immunity to former Bush administration official John Yoo over allegations of wrongdoing in relation to controversial memos asserting the legality of enhanced interrogation techniques. The lawsuit, brought by convicted ...[read more]
April 17, 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Tuesday in Filarsky v. Delia that a private individual temporarily retained by the government to carry out its work is entitled to seek qualified immunity from suit under 42 USC 1983. Firefighter Nicholas Delia brought suit against the city of Rialto, th... ...[read more]
March 22, 2012
by Julia Zebley
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Vasquez v. United States on whether the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit violated the Supreme Court's precedent on harmless error. Alexander Vasquez was convicted on drug-related charges on a considerable amount of untainted ...[read more]

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