Singleton v. Cannizzaro, No. 19-30197 (5th Cir. 2020)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs allege that for years, prosecutors at the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office, under the direction of District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro, used fake "subpoenas" to pressure crime victims and witnesses to meet with them. The Fifth Circuit held that (1) at this early, motion to dismiss stage, the individual defendants are not entitled to absolute immunity for plaintiffs' subpoena-related state-law claims and (2) the court lacked jurisdiction to consider the merits of plaintiffs' claims. Accordingly, the court affirmed the district court's holding that the individual defendants are not entitled to absolute immunity for their alleged creation and use of fraudulent subpoenas, but dismissed the remainder of defendants' appeal for lack of jurisdiction.