Imbler v. Pachtman

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Imbler v. Pachtman
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Date decided March 1976


Pachtman (defendant) prosecuted Imbler (plaintiff) for murder.

Procedural History

Imbler is found guility, convicted for murder, and sentenced.

After several years, Pachtman (prosecutor) reveal that he had information which would have weakend his case.

Imbler is released from prison after his conviction is overturned.

Imbler civilly sues Pachtman in federal court for damages.


A prosecutor has absolute immunity--not just qualified immunity.

No justice voices any dissent.


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