LOS ANGELES COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE
MEDIA RELATIONS DIVISION
STEVE COOLEY District Attorney JOSEPH SCOTT Director
JOHN K. SPILLANE Chief Deputy District Attorney SANDI GIBBONS P.I.O.
JANE ROBISON News Secretary
SHIARA M. DÁVILA Asst. P.I.O.
18-1112 Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
210 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Jan. 26, 2009
District Attorney hails U.S. Supreme Court decision
LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Supreme Court Monday in a unanimous 9 to 0 decision by Justice Stephen Breyer in Van de Kamp v. Goldstein held that prosecutors and their supervisors cannot be personally sued because of their policies or training.
Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley hailed the decision preserving absolute immunity. He noted that the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision was so dangerous to public safety his office sought amicus briefs from prosecutors throughout the country in support of overturning the decision.
"This is a victory for fair-minded prosecutors across the nation," Cooley said.
Sandi Gibbons, Public Information Officer
Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office
Criminal Justice Center
210 W. Temple St., 18th Floor
Los Angeles CA 90012
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