Volume 35:1 (Summer 2011)

The Official End of Judicial Accountability Through Federal Rights Litigation: Ashcroft v. Iqbal


Zena D. Crenshaw-Logal


One of the many gate-keeping functions of judges is to screen the admissibility of evidence. In the wake of Ashcroft v. Iqbal, the author focuses on the potentially expanding gate-keeping functions of judges. She argues that Iqbal ordains federal judges as barometers of purposeful discrimination and eliminates all opportunities to establish through discovery, otherwise covert judicial conspiracies to deny equal protection.