Supreme Court deliberates whether to allow suit against Border Patrol agent

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in Egbert v. Boule, determining whether to allow a case to proceed against a Border Patrol agent accused of using excessive force during a search at an inn located south of the U.S.-Canada border.

Justices deliberated over what legal recourse is available, if any, to a bed-and-breakfast owner who alleges the federal agent violated his constitutional rights in 2014. The case marks the most recent attempt to allow an extension to Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents claims, a reference to a 1971 high court case in which justices found an implied cause of action against federal officials who violate constitutional rights.

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