On June 30, 2022, the United States Supreme Court denied certiorari in a case involving qualified immunity for the Coleman County sheriff, jailer, and jail administrator.
The case was filed by the family of a detainee who committed suicide at the Coleman County jail. In 2021, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the county officials were entitled to qualified immunity and to be dismissed from the case. Specifically, the Fifth Circuit concluded that the officers had not violated any clearly established constitutional right.
The detainee’s family sought review of the Fifth Circuit’s decision by filing a writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court. The Court requested briefing in response from the county officials before ultimately denying certiorari and allowing the Fifth Circuit ruling entitling the officers to qualified immunity to stand.
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