Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Supreme Court grants review of case on attorney immunity
The Supreme Court announced this morning that it will review a case on "whether a lawyer retained to work with government employees in conducting an internal affairs investigation is precluded from asserting qualified immunity solely because of his status as a “private” lawyer rather than a government employee." The case is called Filarsky v. Delia.
In this case, the District Court found the attorney was protected by qualified immunity, but the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed. The opinion of the Court of Appeals is available here. For all the documents filed before the Supreme Court go here.
For more on some surprising announcements by the Supreme Court today - on a different subject, go here.