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CONCORD, NH – Americans for Prosperity-New Hampshire (AFP-NH) today participated in a press conference with the Institute for Justice and Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s, supporting reforming the state’s qualified immunity laws.
Qualified immunity is a judge-made doctrine that shields the government from legal accountability in civil court even when they violate someone’s constitutional rights.
AFP-NH Deputy State Director Ross Connolly issued the following statement:
“Lawmakers need to seize this opportunity to ensure Granite Staters can have their day in court when they have had their constitutional rights violated by a government official. We’re proud to join a broad, bipartisan coalition to support opening an avenue to allow justice for victims and strengthening our state constitution. It is wrong government officials can use ignorance of the law as an excuse for infringing a person’s civil rights and we urge the legislature to change this broken status quo.”
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