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Stephen Masciocchi and Jessica Smith Stephen Masciocchi and Jessica Smith

10th Circuit SpotlightAgainst the backdrop of nationwide protests over police misconduct and a national debate over the scope of qualified immunity from constitutional claims, the Tenth Circuit addressed correction officers’ qualified and sovereign immunity defenses in Sawyers v. Norton, — F.3d –, 2020 WL 3424927 (10th Cir. June 23, 2020). The circuit court affirmed the district court’s rulings rejecting the officers’ qualified immunity defense to Section 1983 claims and rejecting a sovereign immunity defense to tort claims brought under state law.

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