Wyatt v. Cole

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In Wyatt v. Cole, 504 U.S. 158 (1992), the U.S. Supreme Court held that wprivate defendants charged with Section 1983 liability for invoking state replevin, garnishment, and attachment statutes later declared unconstitutional are not entitled to qualified immunity from suit.

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote the opinion for the 6-3 Court, with Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Clarence Thomas and David Souter in dissent.

This decision resolved an issue left open in Lugar v. Edmondson Oil Co., 457 U.S. 922 (1982).