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Fant v. City of Ferguson, Missouri

Allegation: Ferguson, Mo. officials arrest people who are unable to pay fines for minor offenses and keep them in crowded, unsanitary jail indefinitely—until friends or family scrape together the cash. Ferguson officials: We get sovereign immunity, which usually only applies to state officials, but the injuries alleged (except for the jail conditions) are attributable to the local court, which is an arm of the state. Eighth Circuit: The suit can proceed.


Tags: 2019, 42 USC 1983, Eighth Circuit, Sovereign Immunity

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