Limits suing federal officials over rights violations
Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court, in a 6-to-3 decision, made it harder to sue federal officials for money in cases accusing them of violating the Constitution.
The case was brought by Robert Boule, the owner of an inn on the Canadian border and said he served as a confidential informant for the federal government,
Helping agents apprehend people illegally crossing the border.
In March 2014, Boule told Erik Egbert, a Border Patrol agent,
That a Turkish citizen was to arrive at the inn with a plan to illegally cross the border.
Egbert entered Boule’s property without a warrant, when Boule told him to leave,
Egbert threw him against a car and then to the ground.
Boule sued the agent, claiming he had violated the Fourth Amendment right by using excessive force and,
The First Amendment by contracting the IRS and prompting an audit on Boule’s tax returns.
In a 6-to-3 decision, the justices made it harder to sue federal officials for money in cases accusing them of violating the Constitution.