Case of Note: Pottawattamie County, IA v. McGhee (SCOTUS)

On November 4, 2009, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Pottawattamie County, IA v. McGhee, which addresses the extent to which prosecutors are immune from civil liability for egregious misconduct such as coercing false testimony from witnesses. Both the trial and appellate courts disagreed with prosecutors’ argument that the doctrine of absolute immunity should protect prosecutors from liability for such conduct.

11/4/09 Update. One of the prosecutors’ arguments in the Pottawattamie County case is that there is “no freestanding constitutional right not to be framed. ” Well, there ought to be.

11/11/09 Update. Here’s a link for the transcript of oral arguments (PDF). (Also added “case summaries” and added to the “additional coverage” list below.)

Case Summaries: (1) SCOTUSwiki, (2) LII / Legal Information Institute.

Additional Coverage (alphabetically by publication)

1/29/10 Revision. Changed category from “Cases of Note” to “Case Law.”

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