immunity immunity  /ɪ ˈmju nə ti/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the state of not being susceptible
  2. (n) (medicine) the condition in which an organism can resist disease
  3. (n) the quality of being unaffected by something
  4. (n) an act exempting someone

Usage(s):

  1. The State Department may have offered some form of legal immunity to Blackwater contractors targeted in an investigation into the Sept.
  2. Transcript: PTI's Jay Branegan on the Monica Lewinsky immunity deal.
  3. It does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses.

News

  1. Feds seek immunity for two witnesses in Whitey Bulger trial

    Federal prosecutors are seeking immunity for two government witnesses against mobster James “Whitey” Bulger who they fear will otherwise take the Fifth if put on the witness stand. If U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper grants immunity to Ralph DeMasi and Frank Capizi, they will be protected from prosecution for anything they testify to unless they perjure themselves, according to ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Boston Herald

  2. Researchers discover immunity mechanism: Platelets patrolling the bloodstream

    Scientists have discovered a mechanism that is used to protect the body from harmful bacteria. Platelets, a component of blood typically associated with clotting, were discovered to actively search for specific bacteria, and upon detection, seal it off from the rest of the body. The findings provide the science community with a greater understanding of immunity.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Science Daily

  3. Airline Immunity on Threat Reports Gets High Court Review

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to use a case involving an Air Wisconsin pilot upset about losing his job to consider giving airlines broader immunity from lawsuits when they report potential security threats.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Bloomberg

Quotes

  1. "Ms. Miers has absolute immunity from compelled congressional testimony as to matters occurring while she was a senior adviser to the president," White House Counsel Fred Fielding wrote in a letter to Miers' attorney Tuesday, citing legal...
    on Jul 11, 2007 By: Fred Fielding Source: DetNews.com

  2. The aide said the al-Maliki government told the US Embassy, "We will draft and pass laws that would lift the immunity on these security companies to stop their reckless behavior."
    on Oct 10, 2007 By: Nouri al-Maliki Source: Kansas City Star

  3. Mr Sneh described the Hamas leadership as "terrorists in suits" and told the Associated Press: "We don't care if he's a ringleader, a perpetrator of rocket attacks or if he is one of the political leaders. No one has immunity."
    on May 22, 2007 By: Ephraim Sneh Source: guardian.co.uk

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