Qualified Immunity

McKinney v. City of Middletown

Submitted by Re'Neisha Stevenson on Tue, 11/01/2022 - 11:20

In a case where the Second Circuit had already held that a jury could find that prison officers violated the plaintiff’s rights, and the majority on a second appeal gives the defendants qualified immunity, see the dissent by Judge Guido Calabresi, concluding that “this ill-founded, court-made doctrine” should be abolished.

Sweetin v. City of Texas City, Texas

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Fri, 10/21/2022 - 11:30

“Permit officer” who handles applications for ambulance permits did not have authority under state law to conduct a stop, thus acted outside his discretionary authority in stopping and detaining an ambulance that did not have a permit, and therefore was not entitled to qualified immunity for the stop.

Harris v. City of Newark

Submitted by Jane Clayton on Fri, 10/14/2022 - 10:36

Harris v. City of Newark is a New Jersey Civil Rights Act (NJCRA) case that asks whether a defendant is entitled to pursue an interlocutory appeal on a qualified immunity denial in civil rights cases brought under the NJCRA.