Judges refuse to expand personal liability of border agents

By Mike LaSusa (June 8, 2022, 10:12 a.m. EDT) — Border agents cannot be sued in federal court for damages for alleged constitutional violations, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, citing concerns about expanding the legal liability of officers could have a negative impact on national security.

In a 6-3 decision, with the three liberal justices partly agreeing and partly dissenting, the High Court said the Ninth Circuit focused too much on the individual circumstances of the case at hand, while downplaying the potential for expanding agent liability. could affect the way they do their job.

“Under the proper approach, a court must ask ‘[m]more broadly’ if there is a reason to…

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