No. 81-1675.

460 U.S. 719 (1983)

103 S.Ct. 1483

75 L.Ed.2d 413


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided April 4, 1983.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Michael L. Gallagher argued the cause for petitioners. With him on the brief was Michael K. Kennedy.

Robert Ong Hing argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.*

JUSTICE STEVENS delivered the opinion of the Court.

Respondent is a white football player of unknown political affiliation who seeks to recover damages under 42 U. S. C. § 1985(2) (1976 ed., Supp. V) for an alleged conspiracy to intimidate potential witnesses in a federal lawsuit. Petitioners argue that the action must be dismissed because there is no claim that the conspiracy was motivated by the kind of "racial, or perhaps otherwise class-based, invidiously...

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