Persons Who Are Not "Persons" | Season 2, Ep. 8
Section 1983 says that “every person” acting under color of state law shall be liable for violating the Constitution. But in 1951, the Supreme Court began to rule that some officials weren’t “persons” within the meaning of Section 1983 and that those officials thus enjoy absolute immunity—no matter how malicious, corrupt, or unconstitutional their conduct may be. On Episode 8, we examine absolute immunity for legislators and judges.
Sheldon Nahmod, Chicago-Kent College of Law
James Pfander, Northwestern Law
Jeffrey Shaman, DePaul Law
William Maurer, Institute for Justice
Jeffrey Shaman, Judicial Immunity from Civil and Criminal Liability
James Pfander, Zones of Discretion at Common Law
Michael Berens & John Shiffman, The Teflon Robe: Holding Judges Accountable
Joan Chaconas, John Surratt Jr.