Pottawattamie County v. McGhee Dismissed (UPDATED)

Pottawattamie County v. McGhee, the biggest case on prosecutorial immunity in years, has been dismissed by agreement.  Details here.  UPDATE: The settlement was for $12 million.  Thanks to the damned justiciability doctrines, the Court won't decide the issue.  The lead plaintiff in Pottawattamie County was represented by Gerry Spence's law firm.  On a personal level, at least the plaintiff is going to get a fat check for the decades he spent behind bars.

Professionally and scholarly speaking, the dismissal is demoralizing.  As a citizen, it's even more demoralizing to reflect on the fact that the prosecutors who knowingly had an innocent man convicted are still practicing law.  The prosecutors were never punished.  The unethical prosecutors won't even write any checks, as taxpayers will foot the bill.

But at least the plaintiff is going to get paid.

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