No. 95-1352.

520 U.S. 641 (1997)

117 S.Ct. 1584

137 L.Ed.2d 906


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided May 19, 1997.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Kathleen D. Mix, Chief Deputy Attorney General of Washington, argued the cause for petitioners. With her on the briefs were Christine O. Gregoire, Attorney General, and Talis Merle Abolins, William Berggren Collins, Mary E. Fairhurst, and Daniel J. Judge, Assistant Attorneys General.

Thomas H. Speedy Rice argued the cause for respondent. With him on the brief was George A. Critchlow.*

Scalia, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court. Ginsburg, J., filed a concurring opinion, in which Souter and Breyer, JJ., joined, p. 649.

Justice Scalia, delivered the opinion of the Court.

In Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 487 (1994), this Court held that a state prisoner's claim for damages is not cognizable under 42 U. S. C. § 1983 if"a judgment in favor of the plaintiff would necessarily imply the invalidity of his conviction or sentence," unless the prisoner can demonstrate that the conviction or sentence...

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