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Pellegrino v. Transportation Security Administration

Allegation: TSA screeners falsely accuse woman of assault. She gets hit with lots of charges, spends 18 hours in Philadelphia jail, is ultimately acquitted. Can she sue the screeners? No can do, says two-thirds of a Third Circuit panel. TSA screeners are not “law enforcement officers” but “employees,” and Congress has not waived sovereign immunity for employees accused of committing intentional torts, like fabricating criminal charges.


Tags: 2018, Sovereign Immunity, Third Circuit, TSA

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