High court rules police can’t be sued over enforcement of restraining orders

High court rules police can’t be sued over enforcement of restraining orders

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that police officers are immune from suits based on how they enforce restraining orders. In a 7-2 decision the Court said that a woman whose estranged husband murdered her three children did not have a constitutional right to police enforcement of the restraining order in place against her husband. Read the Court's opinion [PDF] in Castle Rock v. Gonzales [Duke Law backgrounder]. AP has more.

Also Monday, the Court ruled 5-4 that the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit abused its discretion by ordering consideration of new evidence in a Tennessee death row inmate's case. Read the Court's opinion [PDF] in Bell v. Thompson [Duke Law backgrounder].