Dale T. Smith


Mediation policies may serve as a way for victims of equal protection violations to be compensated if a state worker invokes the defense of qualified immunity to avoid liability.' However, if the state worker is a police officer and is "following orders" by acting under a custom or policy devised or enforced by a superior, a party might be able to claim an equal protection violation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and sue the officer's superior.' A police officer's use of qualified immunity came into question in Eagleston v. Guido.' In Eagleston, the use of mediation practices to deal with domestic disputes was questioned.'



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