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Blake v. Lambert

Near the start of the 2013–14 school year, Mississippi truancy officer calls 6-year-old student’s listed contact person to figure out why student is missing school. Beats me, says the contact, I’m his aunt; he doesn’t live with me. The officer apologizes for the confusion. Fast-forward to the end of the school year: Student has 16 unexcused absences, so the truancy officer swears out an arrest warrant for … the aunt? She’s handcuffed, taken to jail, and strip-searched before the mistake is discovered. Fifth Circuit: No qualified immunity for that.


Tags: 2019, Fifth Circuit, Fourth Amendment, Qualified Immunity

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