In a 42 U.S.C. section 1983 action claiming that the state, as a condition for dismissing the criminal assault and battery charges pending against plaintiff, wrongfully required plaintiff to agree to temporarily refrain from filing a civil lawsuit against the parties with whom he had a physical altercation, summary judgment for defendants is affirmed where a prosecutor's allegedly improper motive alone is not enough to defeat absolute immunity, so long as the general nature of his actions falls within the scope of his duties as an advocate for the state.
Argued: March 13, 2009
Decided and Filed: July 30, 2009
Opinion by Judge Gilman
Concurrence by Judge Martin