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Sovereign immunity bars claims against federal public defenders (access required)

Where a man convicted of wire fraud brought claims of fraud and conspiracy against his team of public defenders, the court lacks subject matter jurisdiction because the attorneys were performing “professional services” on a court-appointed basis and there was no waiver of sovereign immunity. Facts Plaintiff was indicted for 40 counts of wire fraud. He pleaded guilty ...