Desperate need for modern cultural reform! Such immunities given that are depriving citizens their rights!
This post is intended primarily for those lawyers, law students and members of the public who are not very familiar with 42 U.S.C. section 1983. It is the first in an introductory series on section 1983 that I will occasionally post.
History and Purposes
At the outset, observe the very close connection between section 1983 and the Fourteenth Amendment.
Section 1 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1868, declares that states may not abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States and sets out the protections of due process and equal protection for “any person,” none of which states (and local governments) may deprive or deny. Section 5 of the Fourteenth Amendment gives Congress the power to enforce section 1 by appropriate legislation.
Section 1983 was enacted in 1871 by the 42nd Congress pursuant to its section 5…
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