District of Columbia v. Carter
409 U.S. 418 (1973)

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District of Columbia v. Carter, 409 U.S. 418 (1973)

District of Columbia v. Carter

No. 71-564

Argued November 6, 1972

Decided January 10, 1973

409 U.S. 418

Syllabus

The District of Columbia is not a "State or Territory" within the meaning of 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and the Court of Appeals therefore erred insofar as that court sustained respondent's claims for deprivation of civil rights pursuant to that statute. Pp. 409 U. S. 420-433.

144 U.S.App.D.C. 388, 447 F.2d 358, reversed.

BRENNAN, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.

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