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‘Cases and Controversies’ PODCAST: Immunity, Guns, and Mueller

May 22, 2020, 6:48 PM

U.S. Supreme Court justices are hammering out their final opinions of the term, fielding emergency litigation, and contemplating which new cases to add to their docket for next term.

The latest “Cases and Controversies” episode highlights an issue that’s been piling up on the high court’s docket: Qualified immunity, the legal doctrine that serves to shield law enforcement from liability even in the face of the most egregious allegations of civil rights violations.

The Cato Institute’s Jay Schweikert, who’s been fighting against the doctrine at the court, joins hosts Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin to explain why, in his view, it puts plaintiffs in a hopeless “Catch-22" when trying to vindicate their rights, and why the time has come for the justices to take another look at immunity.

The hosts also discuss a variety of high court action, including litigation over the release of the full Mueller Report, as well as the court’s most recent opinion, in a suit over U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa more than two decades ago.

Hosts: Kimberly Robinson and Jordan Rubin

Guest: Jay Schweikert

Producer: David Schultz

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