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SCOTUS Transcript of Rehberg hearing

SCOTUS Transcript of Rehberg hearing

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IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - xCHARLES A. REHBERG, :Petitioner :v. : No. 10-788JAMES P. PAULK, ET AL. :- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - xWashington, D.C.Tuesday, November 1, 2011The above-entitled matter came on for oralargument before the Supreme Court of the United Statesat 10:01 a.m.APPEARANCES:ANDREW J. PINCUS, ESQ., Washington, D.C.; on behalf ofPetitioner.JOHN C. JONES, ESQ., Marietta, Georgia; on behalf ofRespondents.
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C O N T E N T SORAL ARGUMENT OF PAGEANDREW J. PINCUS, ESQ.On behalf of the Petitioner 3ORAL ARGUMENT OFJOHN C. JONES, ESQ.On behalf of the Respondents 27REBUTTAL ARGUMENT OFANDREW J. PINCUS, ESQ.On behalf of the Petitioner 49
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P R O C E E D I N G S(10:01 a.m.}CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS: We will hearargument first this morning in Case 10-788,Rehberg v. Paulk.Mr. Pincus.ORAL ARGUMENT OF ANDREW J. PINCUSON BEHALF OF THE PETITIONERMR. PINCUS: Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice,and may it please the Court:This Court has twice held, in Malley and inKalina, that a complaining witness who sets a criminalprosecution in motion by submitting a false affidavit isentitled to qualified immunity, but not absoluteimmunity, in an action under section 1983. The Courtrested that conclusion on its determination thatcomplaining witnesses were subject to damages liabilityat common law when -- in 1871 when section 1983 wasenacted.The question in this case is whether therule of Malley and Kalina also applies to a complainingwitness who sets a prosecution in motion by testifyingbefore a grand jury. Again, the common law provides theanswer. The law is clear that in 1871 damages liabilitycould be based on false grand jury testimony.
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