I am sure you have heard ELECTED and APPOINTED officials say, they have immunity from prosecution for any thing they have done wrong. Prosecutors and police officers are notorious for that statement. There is a U.S. Supreme Court case that says they are liable. George D Owen V. City of Independence, Missouri. Decided April 16, 1980. When you look this up scroll down to 25 See, e.g., Globe 365 (remarks of Rep. Arthur) (For Owen v Independence Click (HERE)
George M. WALLACE, Plaintiff-Appellant,
HAYSE, in his Official Capacity as Judge in Fayette
States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.
E.D.Ky., No. 92-00510; Forester,
VACATED AND REMANDED.
Before: GUY and NELSON,
Circuit Judges, and WELLFORD, Senior Circuit Judge.
George M. Wallace, a pro se Kentucky prisoner, appeals from a judgment of
the district court dismissing as frivolous, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1915(d),
his civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983.
This case has been referred to a panel of the court pursuant to Rule
9(a), Rules of the Sixth Circuit. Upon
examination, this panel unanimously agrees that oral argument is not needed.
Wallace's suit was filed against Fayette County District Court Judge
David Hayse. Judge Hayse was sued
in his official capacity, and Wallace sought injunctive and declaratory relief.
The magistrate judge's report determined that Judge Hayse was absolutely
immune from suit because the allegations of Wallace's complaint indicated that
Judge Hayse was acting in his judicial capacity.
Over Wallace's objections, the district judge determined that when a
judge is performing an adjudicative function, he is absolutely immune from all
suits brought pursuant to Sec. 1983. On
appeal, Wallace argues that judicial immunity does not extend to Sec. 1983 suits
which request injunctive and declaratory relief.
In Pulliam v. Allen, 466 U.S. 522, 541-42 (1984), the court concluded
"that judicial immunity is not a bar to prospective injunctive relief
against a judicial officer acting in her judicial capacity."
See also Berger v. Cuyahoga County Bar Ass'n, 983 F.2d 718, 721 (6th
Cir.), cert. denied, 113 S.Ct. 2416 (1993);
Sevier v. Turner, 742 F.2d 262, 269 (6th Cir.1984).
Therefore, we conclude that the district court committed error when it
dismissed Wallace's suit based upon the determination that Judge Hayse enjoyed
absolute immunity against Sec. 1983 suits which request injunctive and
Accordingly, the judgment of the district court is vacated and the case
is remanded for further consideration. Rule
9(b)(3), Rules of the Sixth Circuit.
F.3d 1243, Wallace v. Hayse, (C.A.6 (Ky.) 1993)