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Friday, February 24, 2012

Supreme Court gives police officers qualified immunity: SCOTUSblog

Opinion analysis: Court gives police officers qualified immunity : SCOTUSblog

Reported on SCOTUSblog this afternoon - A Los Angeles sheriff’s detective and his supervisor may have erred in executing a search warrant that lacked probable cause, but they were not “plainly incompetent” so as to be denied qualified immunity. That was the Court’s holding yesterday in Messerschmidt v. Millender. The Court’s divided ruling declined to make any obvious sweeping revisions to its nearly thirty-year-old jurisprudence regarding immunity for officers who execute warrants lacking probable cause, although Orin Kerr here suggests at least one aspect in which the opinion could prove significant.


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