Pierson v. Ray

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In Pierson v. Ray, 386 U.S. 547 (1967), the U.S. Supreme Court extended the protection of absolute judicial immunity to suits brought under § 1 of the Civil Rights Act of 1871, 42 U.S.C. Section 1983. It held that the legislative record for that statute gave no indication that Congress intended to abolish this long-established principle of absolute judicial immunity.