4th Circuit issues important ruling in case of Md. troopers who arrested pro-life speakers

October 19, 2010 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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4th Circuit issues important ruling in case of Md. troopers who arrested pro-life speakers

Court upholds district court judgment that denied troopers’ request to be immune from prosecution

RICHMOND, Va. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Monday upheld a district court decision that denied the request of several Maryland state police officers to be immune from a lawsuit filed by Alliance Defense Fund attorneys representing pro-life advocates.  The officers handcuffed and arrested 18 pro-life advocates for sharing a peaceful pro-life message along a public street in August 2008.

Among those arrested were three young women who were later shackled, strip-searched, and detained overnight by other police.

Case Name:  Swagler v. Harford County

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