Italian Senate Vote on Salvini’s Immunity Follows Party Lines

The Italian Senate was voting along party lines Wednesday to allow former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to be prosecuted — as he demands to be — for allegedly holding migrants hostage for days aboard a coast guard ship instead of letting them immediately disembark in Sicily last summer.

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Legal Secretary

A federal court in Texas recommended against dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge by a former legal secretary who claims she was fired because the judge disagreed with political views she posted on Facebook. While Judge Kevin Patrick Yeary claims qualified immunity, the court cannot reach that conclusion based on the facts in the complaint. 

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Police Shooting

A police sergeant who shot a disabled 20-year-old man twice is entitled to qualified immunity on claims for damages, a federal court in Texas ruled. The man, who has the mental capacity of a 10 to 12-year-old child, was carrying a pellet gun he used to protect himself from stray dogs and was shot when he attempted to comply with police commands by throwing the gun towards them.

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Instagram Posts

A federal court in California ruled that a former school district superintendent and the former principal of a high school are not entitled to qualified immunity on a group of students’ Fourteenth Amendment, state-created danger claim relating to actions taken in response to “racist and derogatory” Instagram posts the students were associated with.

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Death in Police Custody

Police officers in an excessive force case brought by the family of Terrell Day, who died from restricted breathing while in custody, are entitled to immunity, the Seventh Circuit ruled, finding that the handcuffs were used “in a manner that would not have harmed an average arrestee” and the officers did not know they were causing the man’s breathing trouble.

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