No. 81-1196.

461 U.S. 30 (1983)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided April 20, 1983.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert Presson argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the brief were John Ashcroft, Attorney General of Missouri, and Paul Robert Otto, Assistant Attorney General.

Bradley H. Lockenvitz argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.

JUSTICE BRENNAN delivered the opinion of the Court.

We granted certiorari in this case, 456 U.S. 924 (1982), to decide whether the District Court for the Western District of Missouri applied the correct legal standard in instructing the jury that it might award punitive damages under 42 U. S. C. § 1983 (1976 ed., Supp. V).1 The Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit sustained the award of punitive damages. Wade v. Haynes...

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