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U.S. Supreme Court,
Constitutional Law,
9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

May 14, 2024

California prison officials lose bid for qualified immunity in COVID-19 case

The transfer of inmates from the California Institution for Men to San Quentin led to an outbreak of COVID-19, resulting in more than 500 infections and 27 deaths.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a bid for qualified immunity by California prison officials who transferred inmates with COVID-19 to San Quentin state prison in 2020, which subsequently led to the deaths of a prison guard and 26 inmates there.

The ruling, denying a writ of certiorari by the state Department of Justice, will allow the lawsuits to move forward with discovery that has been on hold while the state's appeal on behalf of prison officials wound its way thro...

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