SCOTUS rules US not immune from lawsuit over sexually assaulted inmate

Photo Credit: U.S. Supreme Court, Franz Jantzen.
Photo Credit: U.S. Supreme Court, Franz Jantzen.
Often, the federal government is immune from lawsuits that would result from the conduct of its employees, even some of the most egregious. Decades ago, however, Congress passed the Federal Tort Claims Act waiving that immunity for some violations.

When a prison inmate was raped by a federal prison guard, it was not clear that he was entitled to sue because the guard was not acting in the interest of the state. In a decision lost in the excitement over gay marriage, the Supreme Court decided this week the lawsuit could go forward.

Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, a staff attorney for Lambda Legal, to discuss the case.


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