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Haywood v. Drown, 07-10374

In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action by a prisoner, judgment for Defendant-Officers is reversed where Correction Law section 24, as applied to Section 1983 claims, violates the Supremacy Clause, because New York's policy of shielding correctional officers from liability for conduct performed in the scope of their employment is contrary to Congress's judgment that all persons who violate federal rights while acting under color of state law shall be held liable for damages.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/26/2009
  • Published 05/26/2009



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