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Uniformed Secret Service agents in Akron, Ohio on Oct. 3, 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled many times that government officials are entitled to qualified immunity in First Amendment lawsuits, meaning they might not face liability for violating someone's constitutional rights if the law was not settled or known at the time of the conduct in question. In Wood v. Moss in 2014, Secret Service agents who removed protestors away from President George W. Bush were granted qualified immunity against a challenge that the protestors First Amendment rights of speech were violated. (Photo by Tim Evanson, CC by SA-2.0)

How Far Does Qualified Immunity Go for Government?

How Far Does Qualified Immunity Go for Government? By David L. Hudson Jr. Qualified immunity is a doctrine that shields government officials from liability unless they violated clearly established statutory…