Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Any means any

Today in Ali v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Supreme Court in an opinion by Justice Thomas concluded that the exclusion to the waiver of sovereign immunity in the Federal Tort Claims Act for "claims arising from the detention of property by 'any officer of customs or excise or any other law enforcement officer'" is not limited to "law enforcement officers enforcing customs or excise laws," but includes prison officials.

So, I guess our old Missouri case is still one of the few in which "any" did not really mean "any," or at least not any fish.

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