Brief filed: 04/10/2019
Doe v. Woodard
United States Supreme Court; Case No. 18-1173
Decision below 912 F.3d 1278 (10th Cir. Jan. 3, 2019)
Qualified immunity regularly denies justice to those deprived of federally guaranteed rights. Official misconduct is a pressing public concern, and Section 1983 liability is often the law’s only mechanism for remedying it. Qualified immunity regularly excuses public officials for unconstitutional misconduct. Qualified immunity imposes prohibitive and unjustified costs on civil-rights litigants. Qualified immunity harms public officials by eroding public trust and undermining the rule of law.
Catherine E. Stetson, Nicholas S. Brod, and Kyle M. Druding, Hogan Lovells US LLP, Washington, DC.