Molly Kovel Calls for Limits on Absolute Immunity for Prosecutors

Former Fellow Molly Kovel (’08), a senior staff attorney at the ACLU, discussed a recent Fifth Circuit argument where the court placed limitations on the concept of absolute prosecutorial immunity, refusing to dismiss claims against the New Orleans District Attorney for issuing fake subpoenas, in a story for Slate (“Are Prosecutors Above the Law?,” Feb. 6). “Even though the defendants are behaving shockingly — no one is suggesting the fake warrants are OK — a judicially created doctrine leads them to think that they are wholly without accountability,” Molly said.