Thursday, May 27, 2010

L.A. County sheriff can't be sued for releasing illegal immigrant accused of killing football star, judge rules | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

L.A. County sheriff can't be sued for releasing illegal immigrant accused of killing football star, judge rules L.A. NOW Los Angeles Times

Shaw’s family alleged in their suit that because of an agreement allowing local agencies to enforce federal immigration law, the Sheriff’s Department was liable for Shaw’s death.

At the time of the suit’s filing, immigration law experts said the argument that a sheriff or warden could be held liable for releasing an illegal immigrant who goes on to commit a crime was unprecedented.

In dismissing the suit Wednesday, Judge Charles F. Palmer found that the federal-local partnership did not mean the sheriff had a “mandatory duty” to transfer illegal immigrants after they completed their sentences.

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