High Court Weighs Prosecutorial Immunity

Law360, New York (October 6, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT) -- Several U.S. Supreme Court justices expressed wariness Wednesday at affirming a jury verdict that waived prosecutorial immunity and allowed exonerated death row inmate John Thompson to recover $14 million in damages from a Louisiana district attorney’s office for misconduct.

At oral arguments, justices considered whether a district attorney’s office could be held liable under Section 1983 of the U.S. Code for failing to train an assistant district attorney on the necessity of turning over exculpatory evidence — known as Brady material.

Thompson was awarded $14 million...
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