U.S. High Court: Prison Officers Not Immune From Assault Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) waives sovereign immunity for law enforcement officers' acts where a claim arises out of one of six intentional torts where an officer is "acting within the scope of his office or employment," a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled March 27, reversing a Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision (Kim Millbrook v. United States, No. 11-10362, U.S. Sup.; 2013 U.S. LEXIS 2543).

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