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Cassady v. Hall

Georgia inmate alleges a corrections officer physically and sexually assaulted him. Federal jury agrees, awards him $200k. Inmate then moves to have the court order Georgia to garnish the officer’s wages to pay the judgment. Eleventh Circuit: Not so fast. Sovereign immunity means a state can’t be sued unless the state waived immunity or Congress abrogated immunity. Georgia hasn’t waived its immunity for garnishment suits, so the inmate is out of luck in federal court. Try state court.


Tags: 2018, Eleventh Amendment, Eleventh Circuit, Sovereign Immunity

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