Prosecutorial immunity

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Prosecutorial immunity is the absolute immunity that prosecutors in the United States have in initiating a prosecution and presenting the state's case. "Firming up what had long been held as common practice, the U.S. Supreme Court in 1976 ruled in Imbler v. Pachtman that prosecutors cannot face civil lawsuits for prosecutorial abuses, no matter how severe."[1] Prosecutors have qualified immunity in other activities such as advising police and speaking to the press.[2]


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  2. ^ "8.2 Suits Against Public Officials in Their Individual Capacity | Federal Practice Manual for Legal Aid Attorneys". Retrieved October 12, 2015.
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    - "Prosecutors, Immunity and Conflicts of Interests : Absolute Immunity" (PDF). Retrieved October 12, 2015.