Section 1983

Definition of "Section 1983"
  1. A part of Title 42 in the U.S. Code that holds an individual legally responsible for violating another's rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and laws while acting under the authority of any state law, regulation, or customary practice
How to use "Section 1983" in a sentence
  1. The plaintiff filed a lawsuit under Section 1983, claiming that the police officer violated his constitutional rights.
  2. The defense attorney argued that his client was immune from a Section 1983 claim because he was acting in his official capacity.
  3. The judge ruled that to prevail in a Section 1983 case, the plaintiff must prove that the defendant acted under color of state law and deprived the plaintiff of a federally protected right.

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