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US Supreme Court: Federal Law Enforcement Agents Immune from Theft Suits
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Federal law enforcement officers  are immune from lawsuits for mishandling, losing or even stealing personal property that comes under their control in the course of their official duties, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a 5-to-4 decision.

The case was brought by a federal prison inmate, but the ruling was not limited to the prison context. It was an interpretation of the Federal Tort Claims Act, which applies to federal employees' liability for damages and generally waives immunity from being sued.

NY Times by way of American Constitution

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