Scott Shellenberger

UMBC students suing state's attorney must overcome special immunity given to prosecutors, experts say

UMBC students suing state's attorney must overcome special immunity given to prosecutors, experts say

The two women suing Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger and two prosecutors over their alleged failure to investigate sexual assault cases face an uphill battle to overcome special immunity given to prosecutors, some legal experts say.

“When it comes to suing a prosecutor, there’s a special challenge,” said David Jaros, a University of Baltimore School of Law professor. “They have absolute immunity.”

The legal system sets a high burden for plaintiffs suing prosecutors to protect them from having to constantly defend themselves after they’ve brought charges in criminal cases, Jaros said. He and other legal experts said the women will have to show the...

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