IJ President Scott Bullock said, "The principle at stake is simple: If citizens must obey the law, then government officials must obey the Constitution.
Government agencies have significant protections against lawsuits by individuals for mistreatment, even if they intentionally violated the law.
They are given a pass mostly under the legal concept of "qualified immunity," which provides they are protected unless a court "clearly established" in a previous case that the actions were unconstitutional.
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That might change.
It's because the New Mexico House of Representatives recently voted 39-29 to let individuals sue government agencies for violating their rights.
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