Supreme Court Holds Grand Jury Witnesses Absolutely Immune from § 1983 Liability
27 Mun. Law. 5 (2013)
5 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2014 Last revised: 30 Sep 2014
Date Written: 2013
This essay discusses the Supreme Court's ruling in Rehberg v. Paulk, 132 S. Ct. 1497 (2012), which extended the absolute witness immunity recognized in Briscoe v. LaHue, to grand jury witnesses. In an unanimous opinion, written by Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., the Court held that grand jury witnesses are absolutely immune from §1983 liability for their testimony, and even for conspiring to give false testimony.
Note: Reprinted with permission from: Municipal Lawyer Journal, Summer 2013, Vol. 27, No. 2, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207.
Keywords: Rehberg, §1983, section 1983, grand jury witness, Supreme Court, absolute immunity, police officers, state and local officials
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