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Supreme Court accepts case on police immunity from lawsuits

Posted at 10:52 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 10:52:44-04

ARLINGTON, Va. -- The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal filed by police officers who are seeking immunity from a lawsuit filed by a college student who says he was beaten up in a case of mistaken identity.

The court agreed Monday to hear the case, which may help clarify questions about a doctrine called “qualified immunity” that gives police officers and other local officials broad protection from lawsuits.

The Virginia-based Institute for Justice represents the college student, James King of Grand Rapids, Michigan. King's lawyers say they are glad to get the issue in front of the Supreme Court.