Texas v. Charles Kleinert

Justice System Reform

SCSJ represented the Texas Conference of the NAACP as amici in Texas v. Charles Kleinert. Officer Kleinert was indicted for manslaughter by a Texas grand jury, but his trial was blocked by a federal judge, who granted him “Supremacy Clause immunity.” Under this novel and rarely invoked theory of immunity, an officer who acts in a federal capacity cannot be prosecuted in state courts for reckless conduct that results in the death of a person who posed no threat. In 2018, the United States Supreme Court declined to review the case.