Carter vs. The City of Philadelphia

Brief Urging the Court of Appeals to Find No 11th Amendment Immunity for the Philadelphia Distrcit Attorney For Wrongful Use of a Paid Informant to Secure a Murder Conviction


Mr. Carter was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Ten years after his conviction it was discovered that the only witness against him had been paid by the Philadelphia police as an informant in his case. The conviction was overturned and Mr. Carter sued the City of Philadelphia and its District Attorney for violating his civil rights by the police and the DA not having informed him about the use of a paid informant. The District Court ruled that the DA was immune from suit in federal court by virtue of the 11th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Third Circuit unanimously reversed and the US Supreme Court denied cert.

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Reference Info:Appellate Brief | Federal, 3rd Circuit, Pennsylvania | United States

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