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Constitutional Law Wrongful Convictions

NYC Bill Limiting Qualified Immunity Is a Big Deal

New York City’s council has passed legislation that would effectively end qualified immunity for police officers in cases of excessive force and unreasonable searches, making it easier for people to sue individual officers. So-called “qualified immunity” policies shield on-duty officers from being held personally accountable in civil rights lawsuits if their conduct does not violate […]

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Criminal Law

Resist Bill! Making False Arrest a Felony is a Very Bad Idea

Yesterday, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton called on the NY State Senate to make the charge of Resisting Arrest a felony; it is currently a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison. While it may sound good on paper this is a profoundly bad idea. Those who practice or work in the criminal justice […]