Brief of Cross-Ideological Group Dedicated to Ensuring Official Accountability, Restoring the Public’s Trust in Law Enforcement, and Promoting the Rule of Law as Amici Curiae in Support of Petitioner (on petition for a writ of certiorari), including Cato, NACDL, and numerous others listed in the appendix.
Argument: Qualified immunity regularly denies justice to those deprived of federally guaranteed rights. Official misconduct is a pressing public concern, and Section 1983 liability is often the law’s only mechanism for remedying it. Qualified immunity regularly excuses law enforcement for unconstitutional misconduct. Qualified immunity imposes prohibitive and unjustified costs on civil-rights litigants. Qualified immunity harms law enforcement officials by eroding public trust and undermining the rule of law.
Brief for the National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner (on petition for a writ of certiorari)
Argument: This case presents an important question of federal criminal procedure on which national uniformity is needed. Please agreement procedure is fundamental to modern criminal procedure. The increasing frequency of appellate waivers in plea agreements underscores the need for the Court’s intervention. The circuit split over the reach of appellate waivers warrants this court’s review. This case offers an appropriate vehicle for resolving an entrenched circuit split. The appellate waiver at issue is typical. The appellate waiver at issue is squarely presented for the Court’s review.