Criminal Conviction Doesn’t Bar Search Warrant Suit
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The plaintiff could pursue Fourth Amendment claims arising from his criminal prosecution, notwithstanding the Heck rule and collateral estoppel, since the trial court's ruling that the search was pursuant to a valid warrant was not necessary to the criminal conviction, and hence a contrary holding in the federal district court would not imply the invalidity of the conviction. See: Dockery v. Tucker, 73 F.Supp.2d 224 (E.D.N.Y. 1998).