No. 73-296.

420 U.S. 592 (1975)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided March 18, 1975.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James J. Clancy argued the cause for appellants. With him on the brief were Lawrence S. Huffman pro se, Richard M. Bertsch, and Albert S. Johnston III.

Gilbert H. Deitch argued the cause for appellee. With him on the brief was Robert Eugene Smith.*

MR. JUSTICE REHNQUIST delivered the opinion of the Court.

This case requires that we decide whether our decision in Younger v. Harris, 401 U.S. 37 (1971), bars a federal district court from intervening in a state civil proceeding such as this, when the proceeding is based on a state statute believed by the district court to be unconstitutional. A similar issue was raised in Gibson v. Berryhill,

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