Friday, July 14, 2017

Novel Facts Do Not Assure Qualified Immunity In Prisoner Suit

In Parkell v. Senato, (3rd Cir.,  July 11, 2017), the U.S. 3rd Circuit court of Appeals vacated a Delaware federal district court's grant of qualified immunity to prison officials who refused an inmate's request for a kosher diet.  The court said in part:
We do not doubt that Parkell’s belief system—which he characterizes as “Jewish/Wicca”—is novel. But “officials can still be on notice that their conduct violates established law even in novel factual circumstances.”...
AP reports on the decision.