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May 29, 2024

UCLA law professor's criticism of qualified immunity is drawing notice

Experts say that a growing number of judges and attorneys are also questioning the doctrine. Many prominent critics come from the libertarian faction of the political right.

UCLA School of Law Professor Joanna C. Schwartz's research was cited repeatedly in a recent ruling critical of the doctrine of qualified immunity. U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves of the Southern District of Mississippi also pointed to several other academics and law journal authors to argue that the defense used successfully by law enforcement officers for more than half a century "has no basis in law."

Schwartz and others say Reeves, an appointee of President...

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