Court to consider cases on prosecutorial immunity, Clean Air Act

Can a wrongly-convicted person sue the district attorney and other high-ranking supervisory prosecutorial officials for civil rights violations?

That is what the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider this morning in the case Van de Kamp v. Goldstein.
In that case, a man wrongly convicted for murder seeks to sue the prosecutors for relying on evidence of a jailhouse information who testified that he received nothing in return for his testimony. It was later revealed he testified in a myriad of cases as part of a deal he struck for a lighter sentence.

The Court of Appeals let the defendant’s lawsuit claiming civil rights violations go forward, but the prosecutors in the case argue that they are immune from liability arising out of their work as prosecutors.

The Court also agreed today to consider whether the Clean Water Act authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency to compare costs with benefits in determining the “best technology available for minimizing adverse environmental impact” at cooling water intake structures. That cert grant is for the consolidated cases of Entergy Corp. v. EPA, PSEG Fossil v. Riverkeeper, and Utility Water Act Group v. Riverkeeper.

See today full orders from the Court here.


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