Barr v. Mateo and the Problem of Coequal Protection for State and Federal Officials
Casto, William R.
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This article discusses the development and disparity of judicial application of immunity to state and federal officials, as well as administrative officials. The article focuses discussion in the realm of section 1983 claims. The author supports the view that state officials should be afforded the same form of immunity as their federal counterparts. The author provides evidence to support his belief that the Barr v. Mateo Supreme Court decision is now an exception to a general rule of qualified immunity for administrative officials. The author also discusses the view that federal and state officials should have coequal immunity protection and argues that it is no longer valid for Barr v. Mateo to provide all federal officials with absolute immunity.